Re-Entry: GOMX-3

Image: GOMSpace
Image: GOMSpace

The Danish GOMX-3 aeronautical-tracking satellite re-entered the atmosphere on October 18, 2016 after a little over one year in orbit, demonstrating whether a CubeSat can be used to track ADS-B signals sent from commercial aircraft.

NORAD ID: 40949
Type: CubeSat, 3U
Object: GOMX-3
Mass: ~4kg
Released from ISS: October 5, 2015 – 14:05 UTC
Origin: Denmark
Inclination: 51.6°

Re-Entry Prediction: October 18, 2016 – 12:01 UTC +/- 2 Minutes
Re-Entry Zone: Unknown

Satellite Description: GOMX-3 is a 3U CubeSat flying under the Global Air Traffic Awareness and Optimizing through Spaceborne Surveillance Program initiated by GOMSpace, a company finding its roots in projects developed at Aalborg University in Denmark. The satellite sports a Software Defined Radio Payload for the reception of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) signals sent by commercial aircraft. The monitoring of aircraft over ocean areas is of particular interest to demonstrate a low-cost system for the tracking of aircraft over areas not currently covered by radars.

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