Thursday, September 3, 2015

Soviet Kosmos-1315 Satellite De-orbits over Pacific

Reentry of Kosmos-1315 captured by Joshua Lambus. Credit: Joshua Lambus

The Kosmos-1315 satellite, which was sent into space in 1981, has ended its ballistic existence, the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax-AVN on Sept.1 with reference to specialists from the Aerospace Forces' main space monitoring center, which tracked the satellite's operations.

"Analysis of information that the main space monitoring center received on August 31, 2015 and September 1, 2015 from specialized radar, opto-electronic and optical laser devices of the Russian space control system gives grounds to conclude that fragments of the Kosmos-1315 spacecraft left low-earth orbit at 11:58 a.m. Moscow time on August 31 over the Pacific Ocean," it said.

The satellite's fragments were burned up after entering the atmosphere, it said.

The Soviet satellite Kosmos-1315 was launched from the Plesetsk space center on board a Vostok-2M launch vehicle on October 14, 1981. The satellite's active service life in orbit ended on July 24, 1982.

The main space monitoring center is designed to provide information support in countering threats emanating from outer space and in outer space, in deploying and operating Russian satellite constellations, and in assessing dangers related to the manmade pollution of outer space.


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