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

From: Ted Molczan (
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:
    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:
    Ted Molczan
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