Re-Entry: Flock 2B-13

Photo: NASA
Photo: NASA

Planet Labs’ Flock 2B-13 satellite re-entered the atmosphere on October 11, 2016 after just over one year in orbit, collecting Earth imagery that Planet Labs offers on the commercial market.

NORAD ID: 40979
Object: Flock-1 CubeSat, 3U
Mass: 4.5kg
Released from ISS: October 7, 2015 – 12:25 UTC
Origin: USA
Inclination: 51.6°

Re-Entry Prediction: October 11, 2016 – 00:12 UTC +/- 60 Minutes
Re-Entry Zone: Unknown

Satellite Description: Flock-1 represents a constellation of three-unit CubeSats operated by Planet Labs to build an Earth-observation constellation based on CubeSats. The satellites were first released from ISS in February 2014 to start orbiting Earth for several months, acquiring images of chosen ground targets.

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Re-Entry Orbit
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron