Posted on 10 November 2013 by Daniel
GOCE re-entry forecast from ESA’s Space Debris Office
Update from Heiner Klinkrad, Head of ESA's Space Debris Office at ESOC, which is closely monitoring the GOCE re-entry.
With recent orbit data from this morning, based on TIRA radar measurements and GOCE satellite-to-satellite tracking, augmented with orbit data from international partners of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), the re-entry of the satellite can be predicted with an accuracy of about plus or minus 2 orbits.
The re-entry is expected to occur between 18:30 UTC - 24:00 UTC, Sunday, 10 November (19:30 CET - 01:00 CET, Sunday to Monday, 10/11 November); the most probable impact ground swath largely runs over ocean and polar regions.
With a very high probability, a re-entry over Europe can be excluded.