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ERS-2 decommissioning completed

07 September 2011

The decommissioning of the ERS-2 satellite has been successfully completed on 5 September 2011, after it reached the target circular orbit at around 570 Km altitude. This ensures that the re-entry on the atmosphere will be performed in less than 15 years, in line with the latest indications on space debris management.

Once placed in its final orbit, the ERS-2 has been "passivated" (the batteries were disconnected and the communication system was switched off once all the fuel was depleted). Since 05 September 2011 13:16 UTC, no telemetry data have been acquired.

See related news from 28 July 2011.