Re-Entry: Start-1 Upper Stage

The upper stage of a Russian Start-1 booster re-entered the atmosphere on September 3rd, 2017 – spending over a decade in orbit after dispatching the EROS A Earth-observation spacecraft in 2006. Start-1 is a four-stage, all-solid orbital launch vehicle based on Russia’s Topol missile, converted to launch satellite of up to 530 Kilograms into Low Earth Orbit. Weighing in at 240kg, EROS A is an Israeli imaging satellite under commercial operation by ImageSat International.

NORAD ID: 29080
Origin: CIS
Object: Start-1 Rocket Body
Type: Start-1 Fourth Stage
Inclination: 97.6°
Launched: April 25, 2006 – 16:47 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Start-1
Launch Site: Svobodny, Russia

Re-Entry Prediction: September 3, 2017 – 01:54 UTC +/-2 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Atlantic Ocean off the African Coast

Re-Entry Zone
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron