[FPSPACE] South Korea: "NK satellite launch debris indicates NO satellite on board."

Keith Gottschalk kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za
Wed Apr 27 08:42:03 EDT 2016

Congratulations to the South Korean navy for such a smart & prompt recovery.

   But how definite is this evidence? Did US & USSR satellite launchers in say, the 1950s at the start of their space programmes, have acoustic & thermal blankets inside their farings?

   My caution in jumping to the conclusion is this. Suppose, for the sake of argument, that was a test, or primarily a test, of a rocket for ICBM purposes.
But if you are going to all the trouble of actually launching a satellite into orbit, which they did, surely you would want the propaganda kudos of a satellite broadcasting for example the national anthem, or taking images? In other words, is the most probable interpretation that they lacked the skill to get their satellite to operate, rather than it just being a brassboard dummy?

- Keith.

>>>  04/27/16 2:09 PM >>>
New South Korean study of recovered debris from the February 7 North Korean satellite launch suggests there was no real satellite payload aboard, and the launch was testing missile technology with the 'satellite' claim only a deliberate camouflage.



Hat tip -- M. Jones

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