Doomed 'Ferrari of space' satellite to fall back to Earth -- somewhere ...

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posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 03:32 PM
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A European satellite is facing a fiery doom next month, when it is expected to begin falling from space to end a successful mission to map Earth's gravity. The spacecraft runs out of fuel in October, but exactly when and where it will fall to Earth isn't yet known.

The fiery re-entry of the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite, which the European Space Agency has billed as the "the Ferrari of space," will occur about two or three weeks after the satellite runs out of fuel in mid-October, ESA officials said.


www.nbcnews.com...

www.bbc.co.uk...

Should be a great spectacular sight. Where it falls nobody knows.
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posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 03:38 PM
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Keep an eye on this website:
www.aerospace.org...



posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 03:41 PM
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Phage
Keep an eye on this website:
www.aerospace.org...


Interesting site that. Thanks



posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 03:42 PM
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That billion dollar one that just went up?

It is coming down. I can feel it.

# 57



posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 03:52 PM
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if it lands anywhere near me i'll be crawling under it and waiting on a Medical Practitioner....what a claim that would be..



posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 03:58 PM
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I think it's strange the people who send those things up there don't worry about where they land when they come back down.

Seems like there should be a contingency plan. I know they usually end up in the ocean or some rural area but eventually one of them are going to hit a major city and cause major damage.



posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 04:00 PM
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maybe that is what Puerto Rica is greaing up for?



posted on Sep, 30 2013 @ 04:09 PM
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Seems like there should be a contingency plan.
There is in most cases. Fewer and fewer satellites will have uncontrolled reentries.

As far as Goce goes, it is estimated that out of the original 1,000 kilograms about 250 will "survive" reenty in the form of 40 or 50 pieces spread over a footprint about 550 miles long. So the odds of anything being hit are pretty remote.

But it might be a good idea to keep your karma in order for the next month just to be on the safe side.



posted on Oct, 10 2013 @ 06:36 PM
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Without this engine, Goce would rapidly fall to Earth. But the mission team reported here in Munich that Goce probably has sufficient propellant onboard to drive its engine until deep into 2014. Jonathan.Amos-INTERNET@bbc.co.uk
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Two different dates on fuel run out, will look for link to the team.
"deep into 2014"

Norad cat id 34602 helps when looking for it.
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Anyone want a conspiracy? Why did NBC change date of fuel run out from deep into 2014 to mid Oct?
It is the same article without the date change?
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posted on Oct, 10 2013 @ 06:39 PM
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Why do they wait for it to run out of fuel and return to earth on its own?
Surely it would be safer to use the last remaining fuel to make sure it lands in an ocean or something



posted on Oct, 27 2013 @ 07:39 AM
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donlashway
Two different dates on fuel run out, will look for link to the team.
"deep into 2014"

Where did you find that 2014 quote? I can only find that text on a 2011 page, here.



posted on Oct, 27 2013 @ 03:28 PM
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Here more info on it re-entry in 3 week

www.satflare.com...



posted on Oct, 27 2013 @ 05:03 PM
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ops second link 2nd link

trillium have a look at 2nd link, too.
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posted on Oct, 27 2013 @ 07:20 PM
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donlashway
ops second link 2nd link

I'm sorry, but I looked at the whole page, did a search and couldn't find it anywhere.



posted on Oct, 27 2013 @ 07:24 PM
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Trillium
Here more info on it re-entry in 3 week

www.satflare.com...




re-entry you say....that's about all my gf ever seems interested in...



posted on Oct, 28 2013 @ 09:08 PM
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It has changed.
My quote was from the second link now changed interesting?
First I wondered why the date was changed now someone put in the effort to change the article, interesting?



posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 02:17 PM
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Update From Aerospace Corp. Thanks Phage
aerospace corp link to GOCE satellite



Predicted Reentry Time: 11 NOV 2013 02:30 UTC ± 15 hours




Prediction Epoch: 08 NOV 2013 15:33:10.017 UTC





Predicted Reentry Time time at which a reentering object might first become visible due to aerodynamic heating, corresponding to an altitude of ~120 km (~65 nmi), in units of UTC; for a high-eccentricity orbit, the perigee may actually be much less than 120 km, which may lead to on-orbit fragmentation of the object Prediction Epoch the most recent elements epoch used to perform the reentry prediction, in units of UTC






Legend Yellow Icon – location of object at predicted reentry time Orange Line – area of visibility at the predicted reentry time for a ground observer Blue Line – ground track uncertainty prior to predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals) Yellow Line – ground track uncertainty after predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals) White Line – day/night divider at predicted reentry time (Sun location shown by White Icon) Pink Icon – vicinity of eyewitness sighting Note: Possible reentry locations lie anywhere along the blue and yellow ground track.


So coming down soon.
Might be a sight to see?
Imagine what you could get for a piece of that space junk?
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posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 08:29 AM
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May be here the one




posted on Nov, 10 2013 @ 08:57 AM
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donlashway
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Update From Aerospace Corp. Thanks Phage
aerospace corp link to GOCE satellite



Predicted Reentry Time: 11 NOV 2013 02:30 UTC ± 15 hours




Prediction Epoch: 08 NOV 2013 15:33:10.017 UTC


You do know that these program will stil show them going around after they have gone down


and those projection could be out by as much as 5 to 15 minute off in a fast fall





Predicted Reentry Time time at which a reentering object might first become visible due to aerodynamic heating, corresponding to an altitude of ~120 km (~65 nmi), in units of UTC; for a high-eccentricity orbit, the perigee may actually be much less than 120 km, which may lead to on-orbit fragmentation of the object Prediction Epoch the most recent elements epoch used to perform the reentry prediction, in units of UTC






Legend Yellow Icon – location of object at predicted reentry time Orange Line – area of visibility at the predicted reentry time for a ground observer Blue Line – ground track uncertainty prior to predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals) Yellow Line – ground track uncertainty after predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals) White Line – day/night divider at predicted reentry time (Sun location shown by White Icon) Pink Icon – vicinity of eyewitness sighting Note: Possible reentry locations lie anywhere along the blue and yellow ground track.


So coming down soon.
Might be a sight to see?
Imagine what you could get for a piece of that space junk?
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