Re-Entry: Tsiklon-3 Rocket Body

The last Tsiklon-3 – Photo: Roscosmos

A spent rocket body from a 2001 Tsiklon-3 launch re-entered the atmosphere on April 27, 2017 after sixteen years in orbit.

The Tsiklon-3 rocket lifted the Coronas F satellite into orbit as part of a solar-terrestrial science mission for the study of the solar hard electromagnetic radiation in a wide energy range from Extreme UV  up to high-energy gamma-ray radiation. Coronas F was the second in a three-satellite program dedicated to Complex Orbital Observations Near-Earth of Activity of the Sun.

NORAD ID: 26874
Origin: Russia/CIS
Object: SL-14 Rocket Body
Type: Tsiklon-3 Upper Stage
Mass: 1,407kg
Launched: July 31, 2001 – 08:00 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Tsiklon-3
Launch Site: Plesetsk, Russia

Re-Entry Prediction: April 27, 2017 – 11:29 UTC +/-12 Min.

Re-Entry Zone: Pacific Ocean


Re-Entry Zone
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron