GOCE re-entry region

Update from ESA's Space Debris Office at ESOC, using information provided by ESA partners and the US tracking network.

In close cooperation with USSTRATCOM, ESA's Space Debris Office gives the following estimated results for GOCE re-entry:

  • The atmospheric interface at ~80 km altitude occurred, following a USSTRATCOM confirmation, at the latest, at 01:16 CET (00:16 UTC) 11 November 2013
  • This would correspond to a geographical location of approx. 60 degree West and 56 degree South, near the Falkland Islands

This would put the main area over which any possible GOCE remnants fell to the southernmost regions of the Atlantic Ocean.

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  1. […] Según las últimas estimaciones de la ESA, realizadas en colaboración con la USSTRATCOM, la reentrada en la atmósfera se produjo […]

  2. […] sur le blog de l’ESA dédié à GOCE […]

  3. Mariapaola says:

    Great, wow.

  4. MapleWalnut says:

    Thanks for all of your updates yesterday and today; it was fun to follow along. Nice to see that the spacecraft performed so well, even in its final hour.

  5. Ema says:

    Thats near, most near Tierra de Fuego, Argentina, that Islas Malvinas (Argentina)

    1. Darren says:

      That's what the report said, it came down near the Falkland Islands...

  6. Gloria says:

    Thanks for keeping us informed. Good job.

  7. […] The European Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite finally returned to Earth on November 11, burning in the atmosphere at 80 km of altitude over the Atlantic ocean, near the Falkland Islands. […]

  8. […] Update 1: According to this blog the satellite did fall down south-east of Falkland Islands. More details here. […]

  9. […] charred pieces of it—the largest pieces could be 200 pounds—likely landed in the Atlantic Ocean near the Falkland Islands. One Falkland Islander even snapped a photo of the incinerating satellite as it streaked down the […]

  10. Jan says:

    Nice work. Of course, there will always be those who view this sort of thing as some disaster-waiting-to-happen... So we do our best to share the information you provide, but some folk still see it as trusting to luck, rather than scientists running computation after computation :)

  11. […] European Space Agency says that GOCE — the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer — experienced […]

  12. […] mapped Earth’s gravity during a four-year mission — disintegrated upon re-entry, some fragments may have landed in the Atlantic Ocean, south of the Falkland […]

  13. […] European Space Agency says that GOCE — a Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer — gifted “atmospheric […]