Wednesday, September 21, 2011

UARS update, September 21 pm

UARS update, 21 Sept, 20:00 UTC

Based on the latest orbital elements from Space-Track, the projected reentry time is slowly moving earlier. The nominal value is now late September 23 (nominal 20:30 UTC, but with still many, many hours uncertainty). But within uncertainties, early September 24 (in UTC terms) is certainly not yet out of the picture. A lot can still happen in the two days left, e.g. changes in solar activity.

Below is an updated diagram of the observed and predicted  orbital evolution in terms of apogee and perigee altitudes.

click diagram to enlarge

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