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

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Mon Dec 24 2012 - 06:07:48 UTC

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    Jonathan W wrote:
    > Apologies for reviving an old thread, but is it reasonable to suggest that
    > this was both a missile test (proving that they are capable of delivering a
    > payload a substantial distance downrange), and also to demonstrate that
    > they can, at the very least, place an object into a desired orbit?  And if
    > they were to go to the trouble of placing an object into orbit, you would
    > think they would actually place a transceiver on the object, if not an
    > actual functional payload.  Since this is North Korea we are talking about,
    > the possibility of propaganda value cannot be immediately discounted.
    The political aspects are interesting and important, but off-topic on SeeSat-L. We may develop certain information
    through observation and orbit analysis that could help inform political discussion and debate, but that should take
    place in appropriate forums.
    Ted Molczan
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