FSW-1 Re-entry

J. Pelan (J.Pelan@Queens-Belfast.AC.UK)
Tue, 12 Mar 1996 09:49:20 +0000

Here is the Reuters Press Release culled from the WWW....

Tuesday March 12 3:46 AM EST 
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Chinese Satellite Falls into Ocean

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Reuter) - Parts of a Chinese spy satellite
re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and are believed to have fallen into the
southern Atlantic Ocean late Monday night, the United States Space Command
said. 

The imaging satellite, the size of a small car, re-entered the atmosphere at
11:05 p.m. EST, the space command said. 

If it survived the re-entry - and that it not yet known - it is believed to be
in the southern Atlantic Ocean. 

The satellite was hurtling at speeds ranging from 17,000 mph to 17,600 mph and
orbited the earth every 88 minutes. 

The space command, which tracks all man-made, Earth- orbiting objects that
could re-enter the atmosphere, tracked the Chinese spy satellite since its
launch in 1993. 

The space command pinpointed where the satellite re-entered the atmosphere and
then calculated where it landed on Earth, but noted the landing calculation was
only an estimate. 

The space command tracks such objects partly to ensure their re-entry is not
mistaken by the United States or other nations as a ballistic missile. 

The satellite failed 10 days after it was launched in October 1993 as part of a
Chinese military program, aviation experts said. Retro-rockets designed to send
it straight down to China instead spun it into an uncontrollable orbit. 

The U.S. space command said 11 ground-based radars worldwide were tracking the
satellite capsule, the last of eight objects associated with the spy satellite. 

The other seven objects reentered the Earth's atmosphere within 20 days of
launch. 
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