The 2nd stage impacted at 40.2N 149.1E at a downrange distance of 1646 km. I've heard that the Japanese reported different values for some of the flight events but I don't have their numbers. The satellite and 3rd stage are supposedly in a 219 x 6978 km orbit. Burnout must have been very close to perigee For the 2nd stage, burnout was probably before apogee of the instantaneous orbit by a small amount. To simplify the math I put it at apogee (TA_2_bo = 180) and impact at TA_2_i = 195 (1646/110 = 15 deg). Flight path angle would have been nearly 0 so the height of apogee must have been close to the height of perigee of the final 3rd stage orbit. I can fit these conditions with a 2nd stage orbit with a=4650km, e=.4 and burnout velocity about v=6.0km/sec The final orbit for the 3rd stage 27 seconds later gives a=9970 and e=.339. Perigee velocity is 9.0 km/sec. I've never looked at any 'real' satellite launches this way so I don't know if these numbers seem plausible or not. The implied acceleration certainly seems high. This last announcement came out of State Department? Richard Clark rclarke@mcst.gsfc.nasa.gov On Sat, 12 Sep 1998, Ron Lee wrote: > If it is in orbit...where is the elset from OIG? What is the catalog > number? > > Ron Lee > > > At 07:35 AM 9/12/98 -0600, you wrote: > >This is weird... > > > >WASHINGTON--Contradicting earlier reports, U.S. State Department officials > >confirmed Friday that Pyongyang launched a satellite--not a missile--on Aug. > >31. > >