n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - North Korea's controversial satellite launch : satellite tracking

Volume 72, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



After several previous unsuccessful launch attempts, a new country just joined the ranks of the elite few that have managed to launch and orbit their own satellites. North Korea's recent launch caused some mild hysteria and is quite controversial, even deemed illegal under international law! The launch itself was quite tricky, requiring some complicated maneuvers, to avoid flying over populated landmass. Space authorities and amateur satellite trackers have been following the satellite with great interest, trying to establish if the payload is operational or not, since it may be spinning out of control. As usual, Greg Roberts was well equipped and strategically situated to get the best data to unravel this puzzle.

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