(12-13-2012, 04:28 AM)JollyRoger Wrote:
(12-12-2012, 10:58 PM)JollyRoger Wrote:
(12-12-2012, 07:58 PM)misterbumps Wrote: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20680253
On the day North Korea successfully launches a rocket to much World Wide attention an American Space Mission begins in much secrecy.
Any idea's about the purpose of such a mission? I was surprised to find the BBC reporting on it but there you go....
Yeah. We are going up there to document what they launched. Photos, videos, the whole works. If it's hostile in nature, it's going to experience some technical and mechanical difficulties as well.
It's a recon mission.
Told ya so...
North Korea has technical difficulties doing anything technical. The Taepodong-2 (some sort of Korean sexual reference) missile finally launched successfully - after 3 failures. The polar orbit implies a spy satellite. Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2, an Earth observation satellite (read spy satellite) is the fourth Korean satellite launched. Wiki calls the previous satellite launches "alleged" or outright failures.
The current word is that North Korea has created a large piece of space debris that may cause problems for LEO satellites.
Their nuclear program is a case in point. Their best effort was barely critical long enough to detonate. 2.5 kilotons is roughly 3% conversion. The US gets at least 23%. There was some issue with the physics package: the explosion was asymmetric, improper layered (to maintain the shock front), or the purity wasn't high enough (too much PU240).