The non-functioning Russian satellite Monitor-E will enter the Earth's atmosphere on September 22. This was reported by RIA Novosti, citing information from the US Air Force.
According to the given US military timetable, on September 22, the satellite will enter the atmosphere and fall over the Indian Ocean. The specialists specified that Monitor-E will be released at 7.5 degrees south latitude and 74.9 degrees east longitude. The satellite is now in orbit at a minimum altitude of 188 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 196 kilometers. The entry into the atmosphere will take place at 6:43 Moscow time.
The satellite's motion data was disclosed using space-track.org, which stores information on more than 46 thousand space objects.
A representative of Roskomos, in a conversation with RIA Novosti, assessed the likelihood of a satellite falling to Earth as extremely low. “This spacecraft does not function and belongs to the category of space debris,” the press service of the state corporation noted. The interlocutor clarified that Monitor-E should enter the dense layers of the atmosphere from 3:18 to 10:26 Moscow time.
In November 2005 – three months after launch – a Russian satellite transmitted the first images to Earth after the loss of communication. Then the representative of the Khrunichev Center, where the device was assembled, reported on the restoration of the satellite's performance.
The Monitor-E satellite (experimental) was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on August 26, 2005. The model weighs 750 kilograms, the satellite has two cameras and equipment for transmitting data to Earth. During the operation of the device, serious problems arose, since 2011 Monitor-E has ceased to be used.