TRACKING SPACE JUNK – GOCE –
Expected to Track over South America then Cuba, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, then Canada
Based in orbital evolution model and Solar Flux 135 (SF=135), the next space junk predicted to fall is GOCE (Obj. 34602U), forecast to reenter in 11 Nov 2013 at 03h59 UTC +/- 8 hours. To see where this object is expected to fall click here.
GOCE is forecast to reentry in 2013/Nov/11 at 03h59 UTC – Track GOCE Solo
Update from the Operations team at ESOC following the 23:42 CET pass:
Contact with GOCE was made once again from the Troll station in Antarctica at 23:42 CET. The central computer temperature is at 80ºC and the battery is at 84ºC.
At an altitude of less than 120 km, the spacecraft is – against expectations – still functional.
Editor’s Note: The Kármán line, or Karman line, lies at an altitude of 100 kilometres above Earth sea level, and commonly represents the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.