At first, local residents were afraid that this was a meteorite.
On January 5, the Russian military satellite “Kosmos-2430” descended from orbit and burned in the atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported .
According to unconfirmed reports, which results in “Kommersant”, the connection with the “Kosmos-2430” lost in 2012-2014. However, the Russian Ministry of Defense called the descent from the satellite orbit planned.
The satellite was launched in 2007 to track the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles from the United States. In 2012, the unit was planned to be withdrawn from the orbital grouping “after developing a resource”. The Russian authorities claim that they controlled the satellite “convergence” at all sites of the trajectory.
Messages about the object in the sky over New Zealand appeared in the local media even on January 5. Eyewitnesses have suggested that they observe a meteorite or space debris. But even then, experts admitted that they saw a falling satellite of unknown origin.
— The ACC (@TheACCnz) January 5, 2019
At the falling satellite drew attention to the amateur station SatTrackCam, which from the Netherlands monitor the spacecraft. Analysts have noticed that shots with a falling object were broadcast in a cricket match between the national teams of Sri Lanka and New Zealand on Fox News. According to SatTrackCam, this object was just fragments of “Cosmos-2430”.