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Falcon 9 reentry burn from SAOCOM 1A launch observed from Europe

9 Oct 2018, 21:53 UTC
Falcon 9 reentry burn from SAOCOM 1A launch observed from Europe
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image (c) Koen Miskotte. Used with permissionclick image to enlarge On 8 October 2018 (7 October local time) at 2:21 UT, SpaceX launched the Argentinian Radar surveillance satellite SAOCOM 1A (2018-076A) in a sun-synchronous ~620 km orbit. The launch took place from launch platform 4 at Vandenberg in California. It was a spectacular launch, yielding spectacular launch images.An hour later, near 03:40 UT, a bright fuzzy blue object travelling through the sky was seen from northern Europe.This fuzzy phenomena was the Falcon 9 rocket stage performing its re-entry burn while passing through apogee, lowering perigee such that it would reenter southeast of Hawaii near 04:13 UT, at the end of it's first revolution.The image above is a part of an image taken by a photographic all-sky meteor camera in Ermelo, the Netherlands, operated by Koen Miskotte. It is a stack of 4 images, of 88 seconds exposure each, taken between 03:39:30 and 03:45:28 UT on Oct 8, 2018. The bright blue fuzzy streak above the treeline is well visible.The map below shows the trajectory of SAOCOM 1A during the first revolution. It passed over eastern Europe around 03:40 UT (in making this map I used the orbit of the payload ...

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