Space debris impact: Iridium 70 satellite fuel tank crashes into central California

Space debris impact: Iridium 70 satellite fuel tank crashes into central California

A large metal object fell from the sky near Hanford, California on October 11, 2018. The object crashed in a walnut orchard near 8th and Houston avenues in Kings County and was found October 13.

The Iridium representative confirmed this week the object is a hydrazine fuel tank that was formerly attached to a communications satellite owned and operated by Iridium, a mobile satellite communications company.

They identified the tank as coming from Iridium Satellite #70, launched into space May 17, 1998 from Air Force Western Test Range, California. 

Iridium 70 satellite fuel tank that fell in central California on October 11, 2018. Credit: Kings County Sheriff's Office

Iridium 70 was a cell phone communications and GPS tracking satellite in low-Earth orbit until October 11.

The tank created a bright light over central California at 08:11 UTC (01:11 PDT), seen by many people and reported to the American Meteor Society by 30.

Just because it's fun to watch and it took place this month, take a look at amazing Falcon 9 rocket launch of another satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base on October 7.

Featured image: Iridium 70 satellite fuel tank that fell in central California on October 11, 2018. Credit: Kings County Sheriff's Office


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Kenneth Cash 23 days ago

Angels are still falling

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