Re-Entry: Long March 3B Rocket Body from Belintersat-1 Launch

Photo: Xinhua
Photo: Xinhua

A Long March 3B rocket stage re-entered the atmosphere on July 4, 2016 after almost half a year in orbit, making a slow decay from a highly elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The Long March 3B rocket launched the Belintersat-1 communications satellite operated by Belarus.

NORAD ID: 41239
Origin: China
Object: CZ-3B Rocket Body
Type: Long March 3 Upper Stage
Dry Mass: 2,740 Kilograms
Inclination: 26.1°
Launched: January 15, 2016 – 16:57 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China

Re-Entry Prediction: July 4, 2016 – 10:47UTC +/-7 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Pacific Ocean

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Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron