RE: North Korea satellite: NOTAMs inconsistent with claimed sun-synchronous orbit

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Sun Apr 08 2012 - 07:18:47 UTC

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    I have refined and plotted the different ascent trajectories that I discussed last week:
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat_ref/misc/N.Korea_2012_launch.png
    
    Had North Korea claimed the orbit was near-polar, without adding the sun-synchronous claim, then the NOTAMs would be
    consistent. Given North Korea's historical lack of credibility, and considering that the sun-synchronous claim was
    attributed by KCNA to "a vice director of the Space Development Department of the Korean Committee for Space Technology
    (KCST)", I believe that the most reasonable interpretation is that they are lying about this being a satellite launch,
    which has been betrayed by the incompetence of their propagandists in over-reaching in their cover story.
    
    My earlier post is here:
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Apr-2012/0011.html
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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