Re-Entry: Sylda

Photo: Arianespace
Photo: Arianespace

A discarded Ariane 5 Sylda payload adapter placed into orbit in 2009 re-entered the atmosphere on February 3, 2018 after a nine-year drop from a highly elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit, having helped put a pair of communications satellites into orbit plus two missile early warning demonstration spacecraft.

NORAD ID: 33753
Origin: ESA (France)
Object: Ariane 5 DEB (Sylda)
Type: Ariane 5 Sylda Payload Adapter
Mass: Up to 535kg
Inclination: 1.9°
Launched: February 12, 2009 – 22:09 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5 ECA
Launch Site: ELA-3, Guiana space Center

Re-Entry Prediction: February 3, 2018 – 11:22 UTC +/-1 Min.

Re-Entry Zone: Central Africa

Launched the NSS9, HotBird 10 and Spirale A & B Satellites


Re-Entry Zone
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron