The third stage of an Indian Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. II rocket re-entered the atmosphere on March 1, 2018 after spending over two and a half years spiraling down from a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. GSLV’s Cryogenic Upper Stage known as C15 is 2.8 meters in diameter and 8.7 meters long with an inert mass of around 2.5 metric tons, using aluminum alloy for its tanks and structural frame with one CE-7.5 engine sitting at the base of the stage.
NORAD ID: 40881
Type: GSLV R/B
Object: GSLV Mk. II Third Stage
Mass: ~2,500 Kilograms
Launch: August 27, 2016 – 11:22 UTC
Launch Site: Satish Dhawan, India
Launch Vehicle: GSLV Mk. II
Ascent Duration: 17 Minutes
Re-Entry Prediction: March 1, 2018 – 20:22 UTC +/- 120 Min.
Re-Entry Location: Unknown