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Exclamation North Korea comes again for third attempt to send satellite into space in April
by Galactic Penguin SST 03-16-2012, 05:56 AM

A spokesperson from the Korean Committee for Space Technology has announced that they will launch Kwangmyongsong 3 into orbit between April 12 and April 16 using the "Unha 3" launch vehicle, marking one century since the birth of the late Kim Il-sung.

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Old 03-16-2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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I'll get the metal umbrella...
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:31 AM   #3
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 I'll get the metal umbrella...
Look out for falling debris eh?
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:59 AM   #4
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Sounds like it's more like a thinly veiled attempt at an illegal missile test than a satellite launch.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:37 AM   #5
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 Sounds like it's more like a thinly veiled attempt at an illegal missile test than a satellite launch.
Agreed. It's interesting to compare the Iranian approach: they at least never lie about launch success or failure (they just hide the failures), while the NKers still claim that the two launches in 1999 and 2009 were successful, and the satellites continue to broadcast songs about their Dear Leader....
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #6
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Florida Today: North Korea reveals details about new satellite:
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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says it aims to estimate crop production and analyze natural resources when it launches a satellite on a long-range rocket next month.

The United States and South Korea view the launch as a cover for testing long-range missile technology.

An unnamed North Korean space technology official said Wednesday that foreign experts and journalists have been invited to show that the satellite has peaceful and scientific purposes.

He also told the official Korean Central News Agency that the satellite weighs 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and will orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers (310 miles).

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Old 03-28-2012, 06:22 PM   #7
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A rocket is a rocket. ICBM vs. launch vehicle is just a matter of payload and trajectory. Same with Atlas, Titan, and R-7.

IMHO trying to determine if it's an illegal missile test is pointless- of course it could do either.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:29 PM   #8
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I heard about this too. It reminds me of the story for that game, Homefront. (I haven't played it)

http://youtu.be/M9LCotgismA?t=1m54s

As an American, watching that intro creeps me out.

North Korea is still basically dependent on China, who could basically cut their supplies and starve them if they wanted. I wish China would just stop supporting them- if they're communists, why support fascism? Do they really hate the western world enough to fuel this pathetic regime who can barely feed their own people? They keep them isolated from the rest of the world and are practically the least concerned about human rights than anyone else on the planet. Why China? Now their trying to develop nukes!

Why is NK still here in this day and age?
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:55 PM   #9
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 Why is NK still here in this day and age?
Because for some political reason other countries decided to honour the idea of sovereignty in this case?
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So,
having your country occupied and controlled by a foreign power, only to have it "liberated" by being torn apart by two other foreign powers with competing foreign ideologies, means that your sovereignty has been respected?
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 I heard about this too. It reminds me of the story for that game, Homefront. (I haven't played it)
Are you seriously basing that argument on Homefront? Seriously, that game needs to go away, and fast. I've seen people on other boards freaked out to the brink by paranoia where none should exist in the first place because of this annoying fear-mongering.

It's entertainment for a reason...
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He also told the official Korean Central News Agency that the satellite weighs 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and will orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers (310 miles).
Compared to Navid (Iran's latest baby): 50 kg, 250x370

I somehow doubt that, North Korea is capable to launch twice as much on a higher orbit than Iran?
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 I somehow doubt that, North Korea is capable to launch twice as much on a higher orbit than Iran?
It doesn't matter what you doubt. It matters what North Koreans will see in their universe.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:16 PM   #14
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 It doesn't matter what you doubt. It matters what North Koreans will see in their universe.
"President Obama, this rocket from the North Koreans failed and crashed in the Pacific" - "Fine!"
*somewhere else*
"I, the Supreme Leader, am happy to tell you, that we launched a satellite into orbit!" *cheering*

Like That?
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:24 PM   #15
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 Like That?
Come on, that lacks originality.
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