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.