CZ-4B Rocket Body

CZ-4B Rocket Body

Object Description

Type: Rocket Body
Int’l Designation: 2014-049C
NORAD Number: 40120
Launched: 19 August 2014 @ 03:15 UTC
Site: Taiyuan Space Center, China
Mission: Gaofen-2 and BRITE-PL-2 Observation Satellites

Reentry Prediction

Predicted Reentry Time: 28 MAY 2017 01:58 UTC ± 1 hour
Prediction Epoch: 27 MAY 2017 18:14:31.226 UTC
Prediction Ground Track:

A sighting of this object was reported by a Dutch airline pilot on 2017 May 27 at 23:18 UTC over the mid-Atlantic Ocean between South America and Africa (11.93°N, 33.28°E).  Photos of the reentry, from the cockpit of a Boeing 747-8, were captured at an altitude of 34,000 feet.*

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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.

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