The rod-shaped magnetotour was largely evaporated during the process.
ESA / DLR
Space trash is an anxious problem especially when the dirty parts of the technology survive at the entrance and land on the Earth like angry pieces of debris. Researchers at the European Space Agency wanted to learn more about how satellites burned during the re-entry, so they fried a piece of satellite in a plasma aerodynamic tunnel to see what was happening. The frame is impressive
The plasma aerodynamic tunnel, located at the German aerospace center DLR, can reproduce the blazing hot conditions of re-entry from Earth's orbit. The satellite track was a small magnet motor, a component that helps navigate the satellite. Contains carbon fibers, polymer composites, copper coils, and an iron-cobalt center.
Magnetotorquers are one of several satellite components that can resist burning completely during re-entry. The magnetometer finally evaporates at high temperatures that have reached "several thousand degrees Celsius". Researchers compared actual results with what they predicted and noted "some inconsistencies with forecasting patterns." The Fire Experiment is part of the ESA Clean Space Initiative. Watching satellite burning is fun, but it can also help prevent future accidents where space rubbish makes an unwanted return to Earth.