Re-Entry: PSLV Rocket Body

PSLV 4th Stage – Photo: ISRO

A six-year old upper stage from India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle re-entered the atmosphere on April 3, 2018 after a slow decline from a Sun Synchronous Orbit. The 920-Kilogram rocket stage helped push the Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT) into orbit to support all-weather surveillance through a high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar.

NORAD ID: 38249
Origin: India
Object: PSLV R/B
Type: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle 4th Stage
Dry Mass: 920 Kilograms
Inclination: 97.3°
Launched: April 26, 2012 – 00:17 UTC
Launch Vehicle: PSLV C19
Launch Site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, India

Re-Entry Prediction: April 3, 2018 – 14:06 UTC ±1 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Atlantic Ocean

Re-Entry Zone
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron