Re-Entry: Flock 2B-4

Photo: NASA
Photo: NASA

Planet Labs’ Flock 2B-4 satellite re-entered the atmosphere on October 17, 2016 after 12 months in orbit, collecting Earth imagery that Planet Labs offers on the commercial market.

NORAD ID: 40953
Object: Flock-1 CubeSat, 3U
Mass: ~4.5kg
Released from ISS: October 6, 2015 – 04:30 UTC
Origin: USA
Inclination: 51.6°

Re-Entry Prediction: October 17, 2016 – 08:19 UTC +/- 21 Minutes
Re-Entry Zone: Unknown

Satellite Description: Flock 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.

>>Flock Satellite & Constellation Page

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