Re-Entry: SpinSat

Photo: NASA
Photo: NASA

The spherical SpinSat satellite of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory re-entered the atmosphere on March 13, 2017 two and a half years after being released from the International Space Station, marking the first time a non-CubeSat was deployed by the Station’s robots (utilizing the SSIKLOPS deployment mechanism).

NORAD ID: 40314
Type: MicroSatellite
Object: SpinSat
Mass: 57kg
Diameter: 0.56m
Origin: USA
Inclination: 51.6°

Launch: September 21, 2014
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 v1.1
Launch Site: SLC-40 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Launched aboard Dragon SpX-4 Cargo Spacecraft
Released from ISS: November 28, 2014 – 14:30:42 UTC

Re-Entry Prediction:March 11, 2017 – 23:47 UTC +/- 13 Minutes
Re-Entry Zone: India, Indian Ocean

SpinSat is a project of the Naval Research Laboratory and Digital Solid State Propulsion LLC. The 57-Kilograms SpinSat spacecraft is spherical in shape with a diameter of 55.8 centimeters. Its mission is to demonstrate ESP (Electrically -controlled Solid Propellant) technology in space and to provide a calibrated drag experiment for the measurement of the total neutral atmospheric density. The project builds on the ANDE (Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment) missions that flew in 2006 and 2009.

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Re-Entry Orbit
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