AVUM Rocket Body



AVUM Rocket Body

Object Description

Type: Rocket Body
Int’l Designation: 2012-006K
NORAD Number: 38086
Launched: 13 February 2012 @ 10:00 UTC
Site: Guiana Space Center, French Guiana
Mission: Launch of Laser Relativity Satellite (LARES) and other satellites

Reentry Prediction

Predicted Reentry Time: 02 NOV 2016 07:29 ± 1 hour
Prediction Epoch: 02 NOV 2016 04:43:01.053 UTC
Prediction Ground Track:


Yellow Icon – location of object at predicted reentry time
Orange Line – area of visibility at the predicted reentry time for a ground observer
Blue Line – ground track uncertainty prior to predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
Yellow Line – ground track uncertainty after predicted reentry time (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
White Line – day/night divider at predicted reentry time (Sun location shown by White Icon)
Pink Icon – vicinity of eyewitness sighting
Note: Possible reentry locations lie anywhere along the blue and yellow ground track.

Recovered Debris

Debris recovered near Oddanchatram, India in early November and correspond well with the Space-Track’s Tracking and Impact Prediction (TIP) message notification of 2 November 2016 @ 4:43 UTC ± 13 minutes for reentry.


The object is believed to be a Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel (COPV) which can be clearly seen on the left side of the AVUM image below.

Image Credit: ESA

Video Links:

COPV Recovery

Indian News Report

Other Resources:


Indian Express Report

NOTICE: The materials about Upcoming Reentries are for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for specific technical advice or opinions related to your particular facts and circumstances.