Re: North Korean Satellite (was: Re: Seesat-l Digest, Vol 35, Issue 16)

From: Brian Weeden (
Date: Mon Dec 17 2012 - 21:33:47 UTC

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    I'd have to agree with Greg on this.  Yes, the North Koreans likely learned
    some useful bits of knowledge that could be used to develop/improve
    long-range missiles.  But every indication we have shows that this was a
    space launch like those conducted by the US, Russia, and other countries.
     All the proper notifications were made beforehand and the trajectory
    matched both those notifications and the flight path of a space launch.
     That's important because a missile test would have flown a completely
    different path, as shown here:
    All of the data coming from the U.S. military and amateur observers such as
    those on this list indicate a fairly normal satellite was placed into orbit
    with an upper stage and a couple small pieces of debris.  Nothing out of
    the ordinary so far, and largely consistent with what every other country
    On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM, Greg Roberts <> wrote:
    > Hi Bill
    > I dont think I agree here.
    > Wasnt the label of missile test applied by the western world whereas North
    > Korea
    > always referred to a satellite launch ?
    > I actually believe that this is a real satellite and we may yet get a
    > surprise
    > or two. The fact that no transmissions have
    > apparently not  been heard doesnt really mean anything - I suspect it will
    > only
    > transmit on command as its pretty senseless
    > transmitting continuously when there is no ground station to receive such
    > transmissions.
    > Contrary to what many think I dont think this was just a propaganda
    > mission. The
    > western world appears to be trying to
    > "play down" the launch as nothing more than a test - which of course it
    > was -
    > but the objective was to orbit a payload and
    > they seem to have done a pretty good job of this so far.
    > Cheers
    > Greg ZS1BI
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