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reply to post by teslahowitzer
Considering how much junk is up there - and the potential threat - sounds like a good idea. Unfortunately, our military is a bit too focused on "enhancing certain pockets".
At what altitude does this thing officially start its re-entry? It is currently flying from north to south over north america altitude 152 at latitude 53 long 99
You do know that these program will still show them going around after they have gone down
We've seen the spacecraft again over Kiruna at 19:56 CET (18:56 UTC), at an altitude of around 126 km. GOCE is still doing great; temperature of the central computer now above 50 degC. Next contact is expected at KSAT's Troll station in Antarctica at 20:50 CET (19:50 UTC).
The European Space Agency estimates that a satellite weighing 2,425 pounds (1,100 kilograms) will fall somewhere on Earth anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in an uncontrolled descent from an orbital height of less than 80 miles (130 kilometers).
According to the latest GOCE satellite status update at 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2013, contact was made with the satellite at 2:50 EST at Antarctica’s Troll station.
Does anyone know at what point altitude-wise that its orbit would start decaying rapidly and its rate of descent really starts to pick up?
Not asking where that happens, just at what point altitude-wise it would happen.