Re-Entry: CADRE CubeSat

Image: University of Michigan / Naval Research Lab
Image: University of Michigan / Naval Research Lab

The CADRE CubeSat, released from the International Space Station in May 2016 re-entered the atmosphere on January 3, 2017 after over seven and a half months in orbit.

NORAD ID: 41475
Type: 3U CubeSat
Object: CADRE
Mass: 3kg
Origin: USA
Inclination: 51.3°

Launch: December 6, 2015
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401
Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launched aboard Cygnus OA-4 Cargo Spacecraft
Released from ISS: May 16, 2016 – 10:05:26 UTC

Re-Entry Prediction: January 3, 2017 – 19:41 UTC +/- 15 Minutes
Re-Entry Zone: Indian Ocean, East Asia, Pacific Ocean

CADRE stands for ‘CubeSat investigating Atmospheric Density Response to Extreme driving‘ and is a 3U CubeSat mission sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Michigan’s Exploration Laboratory. The primary mission objective of CADRE is to serve as a pathfinder for the future Amanda multi-satellite mission, demonstrating a 3U CubeSat bus and testing the Wind Ion Neutral Composition Suite (WINCS) instrument in an operational environment. CADRE aims to study thermosphere dynamics using a suite of four electrostatic analyzers and two mass spectrometers to measure in-situ density, temperature and composition of the thermosphere as well as neutral winds and ion flows.

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Re-Entry Orbit
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