Sunday, April 5, 2009

NORAD says... no satellite

So much for getting to listen to endless revolutionary music broadcasts.

The thread title about sums it up: NORAD says nothing made it to orbit.
"Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan. The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean," they said. "No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan."
The kicker, of course, is the obvious possibility that there was never any intention of a controlled 3rd stage burn and a payload separation. Just proof-testing the first two stages and getting clean staging on those is a big technical gain.


L.Douglas Garrett said...

Cat.Bag.Out time again.

The Arms Control Wonk puts two-and-two together in a nice graphic that pretty well indicates that the second-stage separation... well... didn't.

He uses the the numbers from the Yomiuri article and plots them vis a vis the announced fall-zones.


Galrahn at Information Dissemination is floating the rumor that SecDef Gates will announce he is closing the Missile Defense Agency of the DoD on Monday.

I sure hope that is a mistaken rumor.

Karl Reisman said...

Unfortunately the rumor may not be mistaken but enough politicians on both side wrote Gates a letter NOT to cut the budget or programs for Missile Defense.

Man we should have knocked that thing out of the sky and denied them the telemetry, Yeah, I think the missile was a staging test, but Internally their news is that it is orbiting the earth singing patriotic marhes in praise of Dear Leader. I likethat blogger's take.

According to the US Navy the highly unique North Korean satellite has entered subaquatic orbit in the Pacific Ocean, and is transmitting melodies of the immortal revolutionary paeans Song of General Kim Il-sung and Song of General Kim Jong-il on a 15 kHz acoustic channel.