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

Paolo Ulivi pao.ulivi at gmail.com
Wed Apr 27 08:44:07 EDT 2016

were the fairings from previous launches recovered? did they have
thermal/acoustic blankets?

On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 2:42 PM, Keith Gottschalk <kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za> wrote:
> 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.
> http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2016/04/27/0401000000AEN20160427005251315.html?9dc88cf0
> Hat tip -- M. Jones
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