Re-Entry: Falcon 9 Second Stage

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A Falcon 9 second stage re-entered the atmosphere on November 2, 2017 after spending four and a half months slowly spiraling down toward the atmosphere from a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The vehicle carried the 3,669-Kilogram BulgariaSat 1 into orbit as part of SpaceX’s 15th Geotransfer Mission utilizing the Falcon 9 vehicle, also marking the second re-flight mission of a previously used first stage booster.

>>Launch Updates

NORAD ID: 42802
Type: Falcon 9 R/B
Origin: USA
Object: Falcon 9-036 Second Stage
Mass: ~4,000-5,000 Kilograms
Launch: June 23, 2017 – 19:10 UTC
Launch Site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT
Ascent Duration: 35 Minutes
Payload: BulgariaSat 1

Initial Orbit: 210 by 65,641km, 24.06°
Last Orbit Data: 80 by 1,453km, 24.20°

Re-Entry Prediction: November 2, 2017 – 18:11 UTC +/- 45 Min.
Re-Entry Location: Unknown

Re-Entry Orbits
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron