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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. 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, Shenzhou or Dragon spacecraft returning from space station duties.

Cat No Designation Name
(SpaceTrack)
Predicted
Date UTC
Prediction
Issued UTC
48840    2021-050AOBJECT A2024 Jun 252024 Jun 22
45215    2020-012APSTARLINK-12452024 Jun 252024 Jun 23
41943    2017-006BFREGAT R/B2024 Jun 252024 Jun 26
43127    2018-004SDEMOSAT 22024 Jun 262024 May 29
55642    2023-021QSTARLINK-54782024 Jun 262024 Jun 26
46072    2020-055AXSTARLINK-15392024 Jun 262024 Jun 26
48561    2021-041JSTARLINK-21862024 Jun 262024 Jun 26
54839    2022-177VSTARLINK-51102024 Jun 262024 Jun 26
48661    2021-044ZSTARLINK-27082024 Jun 272024 Jun 19
53271    2022-086AFSTARLINK-40692024 Jun 272024 Jun 27
45730    2020-038ASTARLINK-14612024 Jun 282024 Jun 13
58345    2023-174CTPICO-01I0022024 Jun 282024 May 29
53946    2022-120DYAOGAN-36 01B2024 Jun 282024 Jun 26
58343    2023-174CRPICO-01H0042024 Jun 292024 May 29
39364    2013-059BCZ-2C R/B2024 Jun 292024 Jun 26
37855    2011-061FM-CUBED/EXP-1 PRIME2024 Jun 302024 Jun 26
58761    2024-009DGRAVITY-1 R/B2024 Jun 302024 Jun 26
44104    2019-018ACPSLV R/B2024 Jun 302024 Jun 26
40380    2015-003EEXOCUBE2024 Jul 12024 Jun 26
46158    2020-057ATSTARLINK-15892024 Jul 12024 Jun 13
46152    2020-057AMSTARLINK-16342024 Jul 22024 Jun 26
58612    1998-067WDBEAK2024 Jul 22024 May 29
25527    1998-066AIRIDIUM 22024 Jul 32024 Jun 13
42776    2017-036MURSA MAIOR2024 Jul 32024 May 29
42778    2017-036PMAX VALIER SAT2024 Jul 32024 May 29
52945    2022-074BNACHOS-22024 Jul 32024 May 29
43858    2018-104KOBJECT K2024 Jul 52024 May 29
45045    2020-006BSTARLINK-11202024 Jul 52024 Jun 13
59372    2024-061BSL-4 R/B2024 Jul 52024 May 29
48941    2021-059BQSHERPA-LTE12024 Jul 62024 Jun 26
45079    2020-006AMSTARLINK-11492024 Jul 72024 Jun 26
45681    2020-035AASTARLINK-13962024 Jul 72024 Jun 26
47744    2021-017YSTARLINK-21582024 Jul 72024 Jun 26
48409    2021-038BJSTARLINK-25962024 Jul 72024 Jun 26
59094    2024-041WSTARLINK-313022024 Jul 72024 May 29
44931    2020-001TSTARLINK-11282024 Jul 82024 May 29
57729    2023-130CCZ-2D R/B2024 Jul 92024 May 29
47751    2021-017AFSTARLINK-21682024 Jul 102024 Jun 13
47999    2021-024YSTARLINK-22182024 Jul 102024 Jun 6
46166    2020-057BBSTARLINK-16152024 Jul 142024 Jun 26
55067    2023-001BLNSL-22024 Jul 142024 Jun 26
51095    2022-003BTECHEDSAT 132024 Jul 162024 Jun 26
43859    2018-104LOBJECT L2024 Jul 172024 May 29
47599    2021-009BDSTARLINK-20042024 Jul 172024 Jun 6
48005    2021-024AESTARLINK-22542024 Jul 172024 Jun 26
51119    2022-005RSTARLINK-33902024 Jul 172024 May 29
51122    2022-005USTARLINK-33732024 Jul 172024 Jun 26
47729    2021-017HSTARLINK-21322024 Jul 182024 Jun 19
57887    2023-145BCZ-2D R/B2024 Jul 192024 May 29
58615    2023-201BSL-4 R/B2024 Jul 192024 Jun 26
42000    2017-008BEDIDO 22024 Jul 202024 May 29
43690    2018-088ACICERO 102024 Jul 202024 Jun 26
48103    2021-027MSTARLINK-24382024 Jul 212024 Jun 26
45574    2020-025AVSTARLINK-13242024 Jul 222024 Jun 26
47396    2021-005AZSTARLINK-21182024 Jul 222024 Jun 26
47181    2020-088BMSTARLINK-19272024 Jul 242024 Jun 26
51797    2022-017AFSTARLINK-36272024 Jul 252024 Jun 26
14819    1984-027ACOSMOS 15442024 Jul 262024 Jun 19
45101    2020-006BKSTARLINK-11942024 Jul 262024 Jun 19
41171    2015-077FVELOX 22024 Jul 272024 Jun 19
45559    2020-025AESTARLINK-13442024 Jul 272024 Jun 6
47581    2021-009AKSTARLINK-19842024 Jul 272024 Jun 13


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.

Orbital Focus shows the predicted impact point only when the Window is less than about one quarter orbit. Even then it represents as much as +/-9000 km.

Table created: 2024 Jun 27, 20:47 UTC

Cat No &
Designation
Name
(Space-Track)
Predicted
Date & Time UTC
Lat, Long & Heading
(10 km altitude)
TIP Message
Issued UTC
58824
2024-016E
OBJECT E2024 Jun 24 07:33
± 1 minutes
60°.6 south, 49°.9 east
southbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 24 10:28
58761
2024-009D
GRAVITY-1 R/B2024 Jun 30 05:05
± 960 minutes
2024 Jun 27 05:48
57989
2023-152D
CZ-2D DEB2024 Jun 30 17:44
± 960 minutes
2024 Jun 27 17:30
57887
2023-145B
CZ-2D R/B2024 Jun 23 21:13
± 1 minutes
31°.8 south, 89°.9 east
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 23 23:37
57729
2023-130C
CZ-2D R/B2024 Jun 23 06:27
± 38 minutes
2024 Jun 23 14:00
55997
2023-042M
STARLINK-59042024 Jun 23 08:36
± 1 minutes
26°.6 north, 149°.4 east
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 23 17:19
55642
2023-021Q
STARLINK-54782024 Jun 26 01:16
± 1 minutes
42°.9 south, 18°.5 west
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 26 02:46
54839
2022-177V
STARLINK-51102024 Jun 26 09:11
± 7 minutes
16°.2 south, 172°.9 east
northbound, ± 0.08 orbits
2024 Jun 26 12:34
54189
2022-141AJ
STARLINK-51822024 Jun 24 05:26
± 1 minutes
16°.8 north, 25°.6 east
southbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 24 08:07
53946
2022-120D
YAOGAN-36 01B2024 Jun 28 18:26
± 300 minutes
2024 Jun 27 18:43
53271
2022-086AF
STARLINK-40692024 Jun 27 09:29
± 10 minutes
2°.7 south, 19°.5 west
northbound, ± 0.11 orbits
2024 Jun 27 14:11
53148
2022-083S
STARLINK-40662024 Jun 24 11:13
± 1 minutes
22°.1 north, 77°.9 west
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 24 17:43
48840
2021-050A
OBJECT A2024 Jun 24 09:15
± 6 minutes
43°.5 north, 62°.2 east
southbound, ± 0.07 orbits
2024 Jun 24 17:37
48561
2021-041J
STARLINK-21862024 Jun 26 03:49
± 1 minutes
15°.2 north, 162°.8 east
southbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 26 10:17
48108
2021-027S
STARLINK-24442024 Jun 23 22:15
± 16 minutes
51°.3 north, 139°.6 west
northbound, ± 0.18 orbits
2024 Jun 24 03:12
48011
2021-024AL
STARLINK-22722024 Jun 22 23:30
± 1 minutes
7°.8 south, 62°.1 west
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 23 00:15
47813
2021-018AC
STARLINK-23942024 Jun 23 08:36
± 1 minutes
26°.2 north, 149°.7 east
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 24 06:51
46158
2020-057AT
STARLINK-15892024 Jun 24 16:00
± 45 minutes
2024 Jun 24 21:09
46072
2020-055AX
STARLINK-15392024 Jun 26 01:22
± 1 minutes
19°.4 north, 164°.6 west
southbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 26 08:47
46049
2020-055Y
STARLINK-15302024 Jun 22 20:22
± 1 minutes
35°.5 south, 12°.5 east
southbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 23 01:30
45713
2020-035BJ
STARLINK-14362024 Jun 22 22:53
± 1 minutes
33°.3 south, 34°.3 east
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 22 23:45
45215
2020-012AP
STARLINK-12452024 Jun 25 02:55
± 23 minutes
2024 Jun 25 07:21
45045
2020-006B
STARLINK-11202024 Jun 24 17:25
± 2 minutes
39°.7 north, 10°.0 east
northbound, ± 0.02 orbits
2024 Jun 24 22:05
44422
2019-039B
COSMOS 25362024 Jun 21 13:39
± 40 minutes
2024 Jun 21 19:03
44104
2019-018AC
PSLV R/B2024 Jun 30 15:22
± 840 minutes
2024 Jun 27 18:03
41943
2017-006B
FREGAT R/B2024 Jun 25 23:23
± 1 minutes
0°.7 south, 129°.8 west
southbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 26 10:23
39364
2013-059B
CZ-2C R/B2024 Jun 29 13:25
± 540 minutes
2024 Jun 27 15:56
25527
1998-066A
IRIDIUM 22024 Jul 1 01:27
± 1080 minutes
2024 Jun 27 08:55


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
 
46072   2020-055AXSTARLINK-15392024 Jun 26
48561   2021-041JSTARLINK-21862024 Jun 26
54839   2022-177VSTARLINK-51102024 Jun 26
55642   2023-021QSTARLINK-54782024 Jun 26
41943   2017-006BFREGAT R/B2024 Jun 25
45215   2020-012APSTARLINK-12452024 Jun 25
45045   2020-006BSTARLINK-11202024 Jun 24
46158   2020-057ATSTARLINK-15892024 Jun 24
47813   2021-018ACSTARLINK-23942024 Jun 24
48108   2021-027SSTARLINK-24442024 Jun 24
48840   2021-050AOBJECT A2024 Jun 24
53148   2022-083SSTARLINK-40662024 Jun 24
54189   2022-141AJSTARLINK-51822024 Jun 24
58824   2024-016EOBJECT E2024 Jun 24
45713   2020-035BJSTARLINK-14362024 Jun 23
46049   2020-055YSTARLINK-15302024 Jun 23
48011   2021-024ALSTARLINK-22722024 Jun 23
55997   2023-042MSTARLINK-59042024 Jun 23
57729   2023-130CCZ-2D R/B2024 Jun 23
57887   2023-145BCZ-2D R/B2024 Jun 23
44392   2019-038GVDNH 802024 Jun 21
44422   2019-039BCOSMOS 25362024 Jun 21
47465   2021-006BESPACEBEE-572024 Jun 21
47966   2021-023BCENTAURI-3 (TYVAK-0210)2024 Jun 21
47452   2021-006ARFLOCK 4S 222024 Jun 20
47529   2021-006DVLEMUR 2 CHANTAL2024 Jun 20
51010   2022-002ACFLOCK 4X 152024 Jun 19
43840   2018-102KOBJECT K2024 Jun 18
58290   2023-174ALOBJECT AL2024 Jun 18
59966   2024-108BELECTRON R/B2024 Jun 18
47442   2021-006AFSPACEBEE-632024 Jun 17
55704   2023-026KSTARLINK-300512024 Jun 17
47476   2021-006BRKEPLER-8 (AMAROK)2024 Jun 16
48083   2021-022AMBEESAT-52024 Jun 16
58289   2023-174AKOBJECT AK2024 Jun 16
47296   2020-102AYUANGUANG2024 Jun 15
43118   2018-004HCORVUS BC32024 Jun 14
47299   2020-102DTIANQI-82024 Jun 14
47531   2021-006DXKEPLER-9 (ARTEMIS)2024 Jun 14
52780   2022-057BACPOD FLT2 (TYVAK-0033)2024 Jun 14
56082   2023-043ANGSLV R/B2024 Jun 14
41889   2016-078FCYGFM062024 Jun 13
47441   2021-006AEOBJECT AE2024 Jun 13
54365   2022-158EINS-2B2024 Jun 13
59311   2024-056RSTARLINK-314692024 Jun 13
42793   2017-036AECICERO 62024 Jun 11
46026   2020-054BTSINGHUA SCIENCE2024 Jun 11
58930   2024-026BSL-4 R/B2024 Jun 10
59293   2024-053FELECTRON R/B2024 Jun 10
59882   2024-099BELECTRON R/B2024 Jun 10
41759   2016-056AOFEQ 112024 Jun 9
45659   2020-035CSTARLINK-14422024 Jun 9
46686   2020-073SSTARLINK-17832024 Jun 9
46704   2020-073ALSTARLINK-18042024 Jun 9
51723   2022-016KSTARLINK-35312024 Jun 9
52772   2022-057ASCPOD FLT1 (TYVAK-0032)2024 Jun 9
53377   2022-096HOBJECT H2024 Jun 9
46350   2020-062ABSTARLINK-16172024 Jun 8
48146   2021-027BGSTARLINK-24892024 Jun 8
51952   2022-023GOBJECT G2024 Jun 8
44419   2019-038FJAISAT 12024 Jun 7
45941   2020-051CTIANQI-102024 Jun 7
52418   2022-047AATRSI-32024 Jun 7
44393   2019-038HD STAR ONE (LIGHTSAT)2024 Jun 6
58792   2024-012FSTARLINK-311942024 Jun 6
44397   2019-038MOBJECT M2024 Jun 5
53381   2022-096MOBJECT M2024 Jun 5
10998   1978-066DSL-6 R/B(2)2024 Jun 4
44412   2019-038ACBEESAT 92024 Jun 4
45250   2020-014BXJS D2024 Jun 4
59796   2024-093QSTARLINK-319152024 Jun 4
37854   2011-061EAUBIESAT-12024 Jun 1
59001   2024-036DSTARLINK-315252024 Jun 1
59914   2024-103BSL-4 R/B2024 Jun 1
46722   2020-073BESTARLINK-18252024 May 31
52420   2022-047ACTRSI-22024 May 31
53347   2022-090BOBJECT B2024 May 30
56936   2023-084EFOSSASAT2E14 (FEROX)2024 May 30
56938   2023-084GFOSSASAT2E15 (FEROX)2024 May 30
48898   2021-059VCENTAURI-4 (TYVAK-0211)2024 May 29
51021   2022-002APLEMUR 2 RAMONAMAE2024 May 29

Note on TIP Messages

Close to re-entry time for many objects, 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, the location is meaningless in practical terms because 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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