Re-Entry: Flock 1D-2

Photo: NASA
Photo: NASA

Planet Labs’ Flock 1D-2 satellite re-entered the atmosphere on December 27, 2015 after eight months in orbit, collecting Earth imagery that Planet Labs offers on the commercial market.

NORAD ID: 40452
Object: Flock-1 CubeSat, 3U
Mass: ~3kg
Released from ISS: March 3, 2015 – 03:00 UTC
Origin: USA
Inclination: 51.6°

Re-Entry Prediction:December 27, 2015 – 11:54 UTC +/- 6 Minutes
Re-Entry Zone: Unknown

Satellite Description: Flock-1 represents a constellation of three-unit CubeSats operated by Planet Labs to build an Earth-observation constellation based on CubeSats. The satellites were first released from ISS in February 2014 to start orbiting Earth for several months, acquiring images of chosen ground targets.

>>Flock Satellite & Constellation Page

Re-Entry Orbits
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron