Re-Entry: Minotaur Rocket Body

Photo: ATK
Photo: ATK

NORAD ID: 39409
Origin: USA
Object: Minotaur I Fourth Stage
Type: Orion 38 Solid Rocket Motor
Mass: 102kg (inert)
Inclination: 40.5°
Launched: November 20, 2013 – 01:15 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur I
Launch Site: Wallops, Virinia, USA

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Re-Entry Prediction: December 25, 2015 – 4:49 UTC +/-2 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Indian Ocean, S-W of Australia

Technical Description: Serving as a fourth stage on Minotaur I is an ATK Orion 38 solid rocket motor which measures 1.34 meters in length and 0.97 meters in diameter.

It weighs 872.3 Kilograms when loaded with 770.2 Kilograms of QDL-1 propellant. Orion 38 operates at a pressure of 45.5 bar to create an average thrust of 32.7 Kilonewtons, peaking at 36.9 Kilonewtons. It also uses an electromechanical Thrust Vector Control System to gimbal the engine nozzle by up to 5 degrees for pitch and yaw control.

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