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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
59311    2024-056RSTARLINK-314692024 Jun 132024 Jun 12
46350    2020-062ABSTARLINK-16172024 Jun 142024 Jun 6
48146    2021-027BGSTARLINK-24892024 Jun 142024 Jun 6
56082    2023-043ANGSLV R/B2024 Jun 142024 Jun 14
42793    2017-036AECICERO 62024 Jun 152024 May 29
43118    2018-004HCORVUS BC32024 Jun 152024 Jun 13
47531    2021-006DXKEPLER-9 (ARTEMIS)2024 Jun 152024 Jun 6
52780    2022-057BACPOD FLT2 (TYVAK-0033)2024 Jun 152024 Jun 13
41889    2016-078FCYGFM062024 Jun 162024 Jun 6
46049    2020-055YSTARLINK-15302024 Jun 162024 Jun 6
46686    2020-073SSTARLINK-17832024 Jun 162024 Jun 6
47476    2021-006BRKEPLER-8 (AMAROK)2024 Jun 172024 Jun 13
55704    2023-026KSTARLINK-300512024 Jun 172024 Jun 14
46704    2020-073ALSTARLINK-18042024 Jun 182024 Jun 6
47442    2021-006AFSPACEBEE-632024 Jun 182024 Jun 13
48083    2021-022AMBEESAT-52024 Jun 182024 Jun 6
59966    2024-108BELECTRON R/B2024 Jun 182024 Jun 14
47966    2021-023BCENTAURI-3 (TYVAK-0210)2024 Jun 202024 Jun 13
50824    2022-001XSTARLINK-33402024 Jun 202024 Jun 13
51723    2022-016KSTARLINK-35312024 Jun 202024 Jun 6
47465    2021-006BESPACEBEE-572024 Jun 212024 Jun 13
47835    2021-018BASTARLINK-24252024 Jun 212024 Jun 13
48307    2021-036AHSTARLINK-25282024 Jun 222024 Jun 13
43127    2018-004SDEMOSAT 22024 Jun 242024 Jun 13
45659    2020-035CSTARLINK-14422024 Jun 252024 Jun 6
45730    2020-038ASTARLINK-14612024 Jun 282024 Jun 13
46152    2020-057AMSTARLINK-16342024 Jun 282024 Jun 13
58345    2023-174CTPICO-01I0022024 Jun 282024 May 29
39364    2013-059BCZ-2C R/B2024 Jun 292024 Jun 13
58343    2023-174CRPICO-01H0042024 Jun 292024 May 29
37855    2011-061FM-CUBED/EXP-1 PRIME2024 Jun 302024 Jun 13
40380    2015-003EEXOCUBE2024 Jul 12024 Jun 13
44104    2019-018ACPSLV R/B2024 Jul 12024 Jun 13
46158    2020-057ATSTARLINK-15892024 Jul 12024 Jun 13
47644    2021-012AASTARLINK-20262024 Jul 12024 May 22
58612    1998-067WDBEAK2024 Jul 22024 May 29
58761    2024-009DGRAVITY-1 R/B2024 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
45559    2020-025AESTARLINK-13442024 Jul 52024 May 29
59372    2024-061BSL-4 R/B2024 Jul 52024 May 29
45215    2020-012APSTARLINK-12452024 Jul 72024 Jun 13
45681    2020-035AASTARLINK-13962024 Jul 72024 Jun 13
48103    2021-027MSTARLINK-24382024 Jul 72024 May 29
48941    2021-059BQSHERPA-LTE12024 Jul 72024 Jun 13
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
51797    2022-017AFSTARLINK-36272024 Jul 102024 Jun 13
47181    2020-088BMSTARLINK-19272024 Jul 122024 May 22
46166    2020-057BBSTARLINK-16152024 Jul 132024 Jun 13
47729    2021-017HSTARLINK-21322024 Jul 132024 Jun 13
47599    2021-009BDSTARLINK-20042024 Jul 142024 May 29
51122    2022-005USTARLINK-33732024 Jul 142024 Jun 6
43690    2018-088ACICERO 102024 Jul 152024 May 29
45079    2020-006AMSTARLINK-11492024 Jul 152024 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 15, 10:47 UTC

Cat No &
Designation
Name
(Space-Track)
Predicted
Date & Time UTC
Lat, Long & Heading
(10 km altitude)
TIP Message
Issued UTC
59966
2024-108B
ELECTRON R/B2024 Jun 18 17:21
± 1140 minutes
2024 Jun 14 19:34
59882
2024-099B
ELECTRON R/B2024 Jun 10 11:07
± 11 minutes
24°.9 south, 39°.4 west
northbound, ± 0.13 orbits
2024 Jun 10 16:07
59311
2024-056R
STARLINK-314692024 Jun 12 21:34
± 1 minutes
41°.2 north, 71°.9 east
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 13 03:22
59293
2024-053F
ELECTRON R/B2024 Jun 10 12:34
± 1 minutes
40°.9 north, 53°.7 east
southbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 10 12:34
58930
2024-026B
SL-4 R/B2024 Jun 10 15:13
± 1 minutes
51°.4 south, 59°.2 west
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 10 19:10
56082
2023-043AN
GSLV R/B2024 Jun 14 14:36
± 1 minutes
37°.8 north, 35°.9 east
southbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 14 16:10
55704
2023-026K
STARLINK-300512024 Jun 17 06:37
± 600 minutes
2024 Jun 15 06:08
51723
2022-016K
STARLINK-35312024 Jun 8 20:31
± 1 minutes
2°.4 south, 63°.7 east
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 9 00:57
48146
2021-027BG
STARLINK-24892024 Jun 8 05:43
± 1 minutes
14°.1 north, 46°.3 west
southbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 8 11:01
46704
2020-073AL
STARLINK-18042024 Jun 9 10:06
± 1 minutes
35°.8 north, 147°.2 east
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 9 10:30
46686
2020-073S
STARLINK-17832024 Jun 9 01:19
± 120 minutes
2024 Jun 9 04:18
46350
2020-062AB
STARLINK-16172024 Jun 7 19:45
± 1 minutes
53°.3 south, 41°.8 east
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 8 00:23
45659
2020-035C
STARLINK-14422024 Jun 9 07:32
± 1 minutes
16°.5 south, 22°.9 west
northbound, ± 0.01 orbits
2024 Jun 9 10:48


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
 
59311   2024-056RSTARLINK-314692024 Jun 13
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
58460   2023-184APROGRESS MS-252024 May 28
51080   2022-002DAHADES2024 May 27
47461   2021-006BAKEPLER-15 (SUDORMRF)2024 May 26
53245   2022-086DSTARLINK-41242024 May 26
48285   2021-036KSTARLINK-25482024 May 25
48638   2021-044ASTARLINK-27582024 May 25
52191   2022-033ALSUCHAI-32024 May 25
52545   2022-051NSTARLINK-39392024 May 25
54014   2022-125BCSTARLINK-51162024 May 25
12159   1981-009DSL-6 R/B(2)2024 May 24
46044   2020-055TSTARLINK-15842024 May 24
47794   2021-018HSTARLINK-23412024 May 24
48559   2021-041GSTARLINK-21672024 May 24
50807   2022-001ESTARLINK-33532024 May 24
54364   2022-158DTHYBOLT-22024 May 24
56139   2023-046AZSTARLINK-53782024 May 24
51081   2022-002DBEASAT-22024 May 23
51084   2022-002DEDODONA2024 May 23
53972   2022-125JSTARLINK-51572024 May 23
55037   2023-001AELEMUR 2 EMMACULATE2024 May 23
23191   1994-046AAPEX2024 May 22
44878   2019-092FOPS-SAT2024 May 22
48297   2021-036XSTARLINK-25442024 May 22
48567   2021-041QSTARLINK-22152024 May 22
48591   2021-041AQSTARLINK-22482024 May 22
48665   2021-044ADSTARLINK-26532024 May 22
45612   2020-032BXJS H2024 May 21
51848   2022-020BELECTRON KICK STAGE R/B2024 May 21
52733   2022-057BLEMUR 2 VANDENDRIES2024 May 21
55251   2023-007DOBJECT D2024 May 21
43696   2018-088GPROXIMA II2024 May 20
43843   2018-102NOBJECT N2024 May 20
46040   2020-055PSTARLINK-15762024 May 20
46165   2020-057BASTARLINK-16132024 May 20
46783   2020-074AWSTARLINK-18512024 May 20
47350   2021-005BSTARLINK-20112024 May 20
50196   2021-125ASSTARLINK-32632024 May 20
54363   2022-158CTHYBOLT-12024 May 20
43694   2018-088EPROXIMA I2024 May 18
43856   2018-104HCP11 (ISX)2024 May 18
53375   2022-096FOBJECT F2024 May 18
58687   2023-211WSTARLINK-311092024 May 18
51954   2022-024ANOUR 022024 May 17
56935   2023-084DFOSSASAT2E17 (FEROX)2024 May 17

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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