November (?) 2011 re-entry over Namibia

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed Feb 01 2012 - 21:20:00 UTC

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    I beg your pardon if this was already discussed here.
    According to this 22 Dec 2011 article that I just found today:
    a "Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel" (COPV)
    was discovered in Namibia "around mid-November" 2011 some
    days after witnesses heard a series of explosions.
    Looking at past re-entries according to the Aerospace Corp.,
    the following look like they could be candidates.  First is
    designation, then catalog number, then re-entry date:
    2011-062B 37858 01-Nov-2011 Namibia less than half an orbit 
    before predicted re-entry --
    1980-087B 12069 28-Oct-2011 Namibia 2-3 orbits after 
    predicted re-entry --
    1990-049A 20638 (ROSAT) 23-Oct-2011 Namibia about one orbit 
    after predicted re-entrym --
    Does Space-Track store old TIPS messages anywhere?  I didn't
    find any easily.
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
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