/nUpcoming and Recent Decays and Re-entries - eventually air drag, gravity or retro-fire mean that a spacecraft or satellite is no longer able to stay in orbit. It re-enters the atmosphere to be destroyed or make a safe landing.
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Feeling the Heat!

Air drag and, sometimes, gravitational effects cause satellites to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. Occasionally, re-entry is caused by a deliberate decision of a satellite owner to fire a retro-rocket and bring some part of a space vehicle back to Earth.

Most re-entries result in the vehicle being destroyed by frictional heating as it passes through the Earth's atmosphere. Some fragments may get through and hit the Earth's surface - hence the system of TIP messages to warn of the event. Only a space vehicle fitted with a heat shield will get through the atmosphere for a landing.

NOTE - Names used here are as used by Space-Track rather than the more-descriptive ones in the Orbital Focus tables.


Anticipated Re-entries

Information comes from Space-Track. Most entries are from the 60-day decay prediction messages that are updated each week on Thursday at about 01:00 UTC. If the re-entry date has already passed then you might find the object is also in the actual re-entry list further down the page.

Below are re-entries expected over the next few weeks. The table includes only natural re-entries of satellites and rocket bodies. It excludes debris items and planned events like a Soyuz or a Dragon spacecraft returning from the ISS.

Cat No Designation Name
(SpaceTrack)
Predicted
Date UTC
Prediction
Issued UTC
51443    1998-067TFDAILI2022 Jun 232022 Jun 16
52902    2022-066BKZ-1A R/B2022 Jun 232022 Jun 23
48969    2021-060CONEWEB-02512022 Jun 252022 Jun 16
47927    1998-067SDTSURU2022 Jun 262022 Jun 16
47931    1998-067SHGUARANISAT-12022 Jun 262022 Jun 16
44369    2019-037EACRUX 12022 Jun 272022 Jun 16
47605    2021-009BKSTARLINK-20232022 Jun 272022 Jun 24
47159    2020-088APSTARLINK-18742022 Jun 282022 Jun 23
47929    1998-067SFMAYA-22022 Jun 282022 Jun 16
46921    1998-067RRSPOC2022 Jun 292022 Jun 9
46927    1998-067RXDESCENT2022 Jun 292022 Jun 16
44352    2019-036PARMADILLO2022 Jul 32022 Jun 9
44044    2018-092ECHEFSAT-22022 Jul 62022 Jun 23
44364    1998-067QJREDEYE 1 (PINOT)2022 Jul 62022 Jun 23
39454    2013-067DBREEZE-KM R/B2022 Jul 72022 Jun 16
49073    2021-074CCZ-4B R/B2022 Jul 122022 Jun 9
46923    1998-067RTNEUTRON-12022 Jul 142022 Jun 16
43142    2018-004AHSPACEBEE-12022 Jul 172022 Jun 9
47925    1998-067SBRSP-012022 Jul 172022 Jun 9
43042    2017-071FAEROCUBE 7B2022 Jul 202022 Jun 23
43052    2017-071RFAUNA2022 Jul 202022 Jun 23
31136    2007-013BAAM/PSLV2022 Jul 212022 Jun 23
49273    1998-067SSMAYA-32022 Jul 212022 Jun 23
49274    1998-067STMAYA-42022 Jul 212022 Jun 23
49259    2021-087BCZ-3B R/B2022 Jul 232022 Jun 23


Recent TIP Messages

Publication of TIP messages is not a matter of routine and they are not issued for all re-entries. They are more up to date and more precise than entries in the table and take precedence over them.

Readers unfamiliar with how to interpret TIP messages are recommended to read the Note at the bottom of the page.

Sometimes there may be a delay between the final TIP message and the re-entry being formally logged in Space-Track's Catalogue so a Message here may relate to a re-entry that has not yet moved from the 'Anticipated' list to the 'Recent' list.

List updated: 2022 Jun 25, 00:47 UTC

Cat No &
Designation
Name
(Space-Track)
Predicted
Date & Time UTC
Lat, Long & Heading
(10 km altitude)
TIP Message
Issued UTC
52902
2022-066B
KZ-1A R/B2022 Jun 23 07:19
± 1 minutes
25°.6 south, 159°.1 east
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2022 Jun 23 09:44
52798
2022-060B
CZ-2F R/B2022 Jun 20 22:28
± 1 minutes
31°.5 north, 14°.6 west
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2022 Jun 21 02:55
52195
2022-034A
ELECTRON DEB2022 Jun 21 17:36
± 23 minutes
9°.3 south, 35°.9 west
southbound, ± 0.3 orbits
2022 Jun 21 21:30
47605
2021-009BK
STARLINK-20232022 Jun 27 06:38
± 900 minutes
2022 Jun 24 06:10


Recent Re-entries

This table is extracted from Space-Track's Catalogue and lists major re-entries that occurred in the last 30 days, whether natural or deliberate. The list is updated every few hours.


Cat No Designation Name (SpaceTrack) Date UTC
 
52902   2022-066BKZ-1A R/B2022 Jun 23
52798   2022-060BCZ-2F R/B2022 Jun 21
42893   2017-042BWFLOCK 2K 122022 Jun 20
46927   1998-067RXDESCENT2022 Jun 19
51510   1998-067THGT-12022 Jun 19
42877   2017-042BEFLOCK 2K 352022 Jun 17
44369   2019-037EACRUX 12022 Jun 17
50164   2021-125JSTARLINK-33072022 Jun 16
42862   2017-042APFLOCK 2K 072022 Jun 15
43942   2019-005ALINGQUE 1A2022 Jun 14
42867   2017-042AUFLOCK 2K 372022 Jun 13
45258   1998-067RBPHOENIX2022 Jun 12
52801   2022-060EOBJECT E2022 Jun 12
52802   2022-060FOBJECT F2022 Jun 12
47925   1998-067SBRSP-012022 Jun 10
42884   2017-042BMFLOCK 2K 252022 Jun 9
52800   2022-060DOBJECT D2022 Jun 8
45224   2020-012AYSTARLINK-12142022 Jun 7
52799   2022-060COBJECT C2022 Jun 7
42860   2017-042AMFLOCK 2K 212022 Jun 6
44366   2019-037BPROMETHEUS 2-92022 Jun 6
46708   2020-073AQSTARLINK-18092022 Jun 5
52796   2022-059BSL-4 R/B2022 Jun 5
49379   2021-098APROGRESS MS-182022 Jun 1
42850   2017-042ABFLOCK 2K 032022 May 31
42875   2017-042BCFLOCK 2K 412022 May 31
49012   2021-063BCZ-3C R/B2022 May 30
52510   2022-050BOBJECT B2022 May 30
52393   2022-046FCZ-11 R/B2022 May 29
42869   2017-042AWFLOCK 2K 312022 May 27
52715   2022-055ACST 100 STARLINER 22022 May 26


Note on TIP Messages

Close to re-entry time for many items, SpaceTrack issues TIP Messages with a more-precise warning of the event. The meaning of the TIP acronym is 'Tracking and Impact Prediction'.

The message includes an estimated latitude and longitude for when the object will go through a height of 10 kilometres (definition - Space-Track) above the ground based on the estimated time. It is a rough indication of the start point of the ellipse within which debris might fall given that horizontal velocity will have reduced to near-zero because of air resistance. In most cases, it is meaningless in practical terms because of length of the Window included in the Message covers a long track across the Earth's surface.

TIP Messages are often a source of confusion as people take the predicted time literally and ignore the error margin (Window) that is also part of the message. In 2011 RIA-Novosti used a TIP Message, issued several weeks in advance, to pinpoint a village in North Africa, doggedly insisting that it would feel the full force of of Phobos-Grunt’s re-entry. SpaceTrack's Window was ±2 days, representing over one million kilometres of ground track and a large proportion of the Earth's surface between 52° North and 52° South.


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