Re-Entry: STARE B

Image: NRL, NPS

The STARE B (Horus) satellite, launched on a Minotaur rocket as part of the ORS-3 cluster mission, re-entered on April 26, 2018 after four and a half years in orbit.

NORAD ID: 39397
Origin: USA
Object: STARE B (Horus)
Type: 3U CubeSat
Mass: ~3kg
Inclination: 40.5°
Launched: November 20, 2013 – 01:15 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur I
Launch Site: Wallops, Virinia, USA

Re-Entry Prediction: April 26, 2018 – 19:05 UTC +/-60 Minutes
Re-Entry Zone: Unknown

A 3U CubeSat, STARE B is the second in a series of Space-Based Telescopes for Actionable Refinement of Ephemeris spacecraft. The satellite weighs 4 Kilograms and features four deployable solar arrays. It is carrying an optical imaging payload that will be used to track space debris and other objects in orbit.

The satellite uses a full set of reaction wheels for precise attitude control and pointing for imagery acquisition as well as an improved imager. The satellite builds on the STARE A mission that launched in 2012. The project is managed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.