Re-Entry: Russian Rocket Stage from recent ISS Cargo Launch

Photo: RSC Energia
Photo: RSC Energia

The Soyuz rocket stage involved in the successful launch of the Progress MS-02 cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station re-entered Sunday morning after two and a half days in orbit. Re-Entry occurred over the Indian Ocean, south-west of Australia. Re-Entry could not be observed from the ground unlike a number of Soyuz rocket body re-entries seen last year.

NORAD ID: 41437
Object: SL-4 R/B
Origin: Russia
Type: Modified Block I Soyuz Upper Stage
Mass: 2,355 Kilograms
Launch: March 31, 2016 – 16:23:57 UTC
Launch Site: 31/6 Baikonur Cosmodrome
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 2-1A
Ascent Duration: 8 Minutes & 48 Seconds
Payload: Progress MS-02 (7,290kg)

Target Orbit: 193 by 238km, 51.67°
Last Orbit Data: 126 by 136km, 51.65°

Orbital Lifetime: 43 Orbits
Re-Entry Prediction: April 3, 2016 – 05:38 UTC +/-1 Minute
Re-Entry Location: Indian Ocean, S-W of Australia

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