Subscribe Free
in Space

Tiangong-1 broke up over the South Pacific without entering the UAE skies

Posted 4 April 2018 · Add Comment

The UAE Space Agency has confirmed that China's Tiangong-1 Space Laboratory reentered the Earth's atmosphere on April 2 and broken up over the South Pacific at 04:16 am UAE time. The laboratory’s descent was not visible to the naked eye in the UAE.


The Agency had earlier organised a joint campaign with the International Astronomical Center to monitor the lab’s fall back to Earth, utilising national monitoring networks and in cooperation with global space agencies and centers around the world.

The Agency had also formed a response mechanism committee to monitor the incident which included several government entities, including the Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, National Center of Meteorology and the National Media Council amongst others.

Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, said: “The UAE’s world-class space object monitoring capabilities and the professionalism and proficiency of all entities involved allowed us to precisely track the descent of the Chinese laboratory and ensure accurate and up-to-date information was disseminated to concerned parties.”

The Lab was launched in late September 2011 before encountering communication failure in 2016, which is a normal occurrence for space objects at the end of their lifecycle. The 8.5 ton laboratory, is 10.5 meters long and 3.3 meters in diameter, and is equipped with two solar panels. The laboratory was used as an experiment for a large space station to be launched in 2023.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Embraer foresees demand for 10,550 new aircraft with up to 150 Seats over next 20 years

Embraer forecasts demand for 10,550 new aircraft with up to 150 seats worldwide, worth USD 600 billion, over the next 20 years. The in-service fleet is set to increase to 16,000 aircraft, up from the 9,000 aircraft currently in operation.

Gulfstream G500 completes high-speed world tour

Gulfstream Aerospace has announced the all- new Gulfstream G500 recently wrapped up its world tour after flying nearly 130,000 nautical miles/240,760 kilometers, stopping at 44 cities and visiting 18 countries on six continents in

Emirates receives IATA 753 compliance certification for baggage

Emirates has been awarded IATA 753 compliance certification for its baggage operation in its home base of Dubai.

FIA2018: Wataniya Airways to add 25 A320neo

At the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) today, Rakan Al-Tuwaijri, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Falcon Aviation - the exclusive aircraft provider of Wataniya Airways - and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer,

Flight Fan-tastic?

The XTI Aircraft Company exhibited a one-third scale model of its planned TriFan 600 aircraft at the inaugural Kuwait Aviation Show in January 2018, as part of the company’s ambitious equity-based crowdsourced funding campaign. Jon

FIA 2018: Qatar Airways finalise order for Five 777 freighters

Boeing and Qatar Airways finalised an order for five 777 Freighters at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow. The deal, valued at $1.7 billion at current list prices, was announced as a commitment in April.

TAA SK0902311218
See us at
GATM BT1004061118Aviation Africa BT0607280219BIAS BT271017161118MAPS18_BT1207131118ASDubai BT1004091018AIME19BTA3005120219Istanbul Airshow BT22018Cargo BT1004091018MEBAA BT1004121218