Re-Entry: Falcon 9 Second Stage

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A Falcon 9 second stage re-entered the atmosphere on September 16, 2017 after spending 16 months slowly spiraling down toward the atmosphere from a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The vehicle carried the 4,696-Kilogram JCSat-14 into orbit as part of SpaceX’s eighth Geotransfer Mission utilizing the Falcon 9 vehicle, also marking the first successful Drone Ship landing after a high-energy re-entry.

NORAD ID: 41472
Type: Falcon 9 R/B
Origin:  USA
Object: Falcon 9-024 Second Stage
Mass: ~4,000-5,000 Kilograms
Launch: May 6, 2016  – 05:21 UTC
Launch Site: SLC-40 Cape Canaveral
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT
Ascent Duration: 32 Minutes
Payload: JCSat-14

Initial Orbit: 187 by 35,957km, 23.70°
Last Orbit Data: 100 by 1417km, 23.68°

Re-Entry Prediction: September 16, 2017 – 07:45 UTC +/- 120 Min.
Re-Entry Location: Unknown

Re-Entry Orbits
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron