A Long March 2D rocket stage re-entered the atmosphere on January 23, 2017 after only 26 days in orbit following the launch of two Gaojing Earth Observation Satellites, inaugurating the SuperView-1 imaging constellation. The rocket experienced an anomaly during its climb into orbit, resulting in a lower-than-planned altitude at the end of the second stage’s burn – requiring the satellites to raise their orbit to salvage their mission while CZ-2D was set for a rather swift orbital decay.
NORAD ID: 41910
Object: CZ-2D Rocket Body
Type: Long March 2 Upper Stage
Dry Mass: 5,500 Kilograms
Launched: December 28, 2016 – 03:23 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2D
Launch Site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China
Re-Entry Prediction: January 23, 2017 – 20:15UTC +/-36 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Unknown