RE: Reentry of 14052B / 40142

From: Ted Molczan via Seesat-l <>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:41:15 -0500
Carlos, thank you for updating us.

I am glad to know that the incident is under investigation locally.

The relative locations of the two debris objects are consistent with their area to mass ratios. Objects with the greatest A/m descend earliest. I estimate that the tank is about 0.02 m^2/kg, and the annulus is about 0.003 m^2/kg.

Nice to see that the search zone I suggested is in the ballpark. It was easy to estimate because I knew the location of the first object with reasonable accuracy.

If the debris is confirmed to belong to Spacex, then I guess they will be receiving a repair bill for at least one roof. Perhaps the damaged section could be removed and preserved. Might be a nice tourist attraction.

Ted Molczan

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