- A German satellite will fall between 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 a.m. Sunday
- The Roentgen Satellite could hit the surface with 30 pieces of debris
- The biggest fragment will likely be telescope's mirror, weighing up to 1.7 tons
- The location of the debris' surface strikes can't be accurately predicted
- Launch 1990 and Re-entry 2011
- ROSAT (short for Röntgensatellit, in German X-rays are called Röntgenstrahlen, in honour of Wilhelm Röntgen) is a defunct German Aerospace Center-led satellite X-ray telescope, with instruments built by Germany, the UK and the US. It was launched on 1 June 1990, on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, on what was initially designed as an 18 month mission, with provision for up to 5 years of operation. ROSAT actually operated for over 8 years, finally shutting down on 12 February 1999. - source Wikipedia
I would like to make A motion that we dont send anything else up into space.......I mean this could get old real quick and cause some serious head aches not to mention the millions of people that wont get no sleep tonight..
Where will German ROSAT Satelitte fragment fall? You Bet....
Round and round we go, Where she stops nobody knows :)
If you check with NASA and see how many thousands of objects are orbiting our planet, it should be understandable that this occurs on a weekly basis at the least. The real concern should be the loss of the expenditure on the satellite. Used to be that the US had a reusable vehicle to reel in these satellites, repair them, and they could have been focused on repurposing them.
According to CNN: As of 4 p.m. ET Saturday, the agency's latest prediction narrowed the re-entry to a six-hour window during Saturday night.
"The largest single fragment will probably be the telescope's mirror, which is very heat resistant and may weigh up to 1.7 tons," according to the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
The time and location of the Roentgen Satellite's (ROSAT) re-entry couldn't be forecast precisely, and officials estimated the fiery event to occur any time between 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday and 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday, the agency said.
"Taking into account the most recent data, ROSAT will not re-enter over Europe," the agency said.