North Korea’s new plan to develop and launch satellites


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North Korea announced yesterday a new program to accelerate the development of home-built space satellites and orbital rockets.

North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a commentary laying out the country’s plans to send more satellites into space over the next five years. The program “can contribute to improving the economy and people’s lives,” the article reads. “It is a global trend to seek economic development through space programs,” the October 31 piece said. “According to our five-year plan for space development, we will launch more working satellites, such as geostationary ones.” Geostationary satellites orbit the Earth about 38,500 kilometers (22,000 miles) over a fixed position over the equator and revolve from west to east like the Earth.

It is hard to know how realistic this program is, and how much of it is actually a cover for North Korea’s ICBM development efforts.

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  • LocalFluff

    Delta B launched the first GEO-satellite in 1963, but I don’t have figures to compare it with North Korea’s satellite launcher. Minotaur V of today weighs only 90 tons on the pad and can put half a ton in GEO.

    I think that Kim is very serious about his space program. Space is essential for cyber warfare and cyber crime. They can get a completely own global communication system. They can eavesdrop on almost any communication in the world. And they could wipe out US military satellites.

    And Kim Jong-Un is, after all, the first man who walked on the Moon:
    https://www.theonion.com/north-korea-celebrates-as-kim-jong-un-becomes-first-man-1819574458

  • Steve C

    How does one tell the difference between anLteveO satalite and an EMP bomb?

  • Steve C

    How does one tell the difference between an LEO satellite and an EMP bomb?

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