Re-Entry: Long March 3B Rocket Body

Photo: Xinhua
Photo: Xinhua

A Long March 3B rocket stage re-entered the atmosphere on April 8, 2016 after six and a half months in orbit, making a slow decay from a highly elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The Long March 3B rocket launched a third generation Beidou Navigation Satellite on its way to an Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit.

NORAD ID: 40939
Origin: China
Object: CZ-3B Rocket Body
Type: Long March 3 Upper Stage
Dry Mass: 2,740 Kilograms
Inclination: 54.1°
Launched: September 29, 2015 – 23:13 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China

Re-Entry Prediction: April 8, 2016 – 05:45UTC +/-6 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Asia-Pacific Region

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Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron