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News North Korean satellite launch fails

  1. Apr 12, 2012 #1

    Pengwuino

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    http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/12/11168783-north-korea-rocket-breaks-up-after-much-touted-launch?lite [Broken]

    Okay, we can go back to laughing at North Korea again.
     
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  3. Apr 12, 2012 #2

    Evo

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    It is rather a downer for N Korea.
     
  4. Apr 12, 2012 #3
    Not that their citizens are aware of it. They'll just say "what launch?"
     
  5. Apr 13, 2012 #4

    Evo

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    True.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2012 #5

    Pengwuino

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    I have recently come under the impression that the public believes NK has already put satellites into orbit years ago.
     
  7. Apr 13, 2012 #6
    I am glad, as we don't want the NKs having the ability to launch a long-range missile.
     
  8. Apr 13, 2012 #7
    This is true, I toured a museum there and they had a large room filled with photos of "successful" "satellite" launches.
     
  9. Apr 13, 2012 #8

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    Was that museum built for North Koreans or was it built for you?
     
  10. Apr 13, 2012 #9

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    http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/12/why-north-korea-gets-away-with-it/?hpt=hp_t1

    Who's laughing at who?

    And here's what happens next: Over the next few weeks we will affirm for Baby Kim that like his father, he's the Most Powerful Man in the World (reclaiming the throne NK temporarily lost to Bashar Assad), dooming the North Korean people to two more generations of famine and poverty and South Koreans to two more generations of living in his shadow. Hilarious stuff.
     
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  11. Apr 13, 2012 #10

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    For a while. Most countries that try to launch a satellite (or develop an ICBM) eventually do succeed, with failures of actual launches indicating they're close enough that they're actually building some and rolling out some prototypes.

    The fact that the first few attempts fail is like the fact that, the first time you try running the computer program you wrote, it will probably fail. It was at least close enough to being "final" that you had to run the entire program to see what happened.

    The fact that they're attempting launches in the first place usually means they're getting close to a final product.

    While "rocket science" is difficult, as in takes several years, I think it would be hard to find a country that reached the launch attempt stage without eventually succeeding.
     
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  12. Apr 13, 2012 #11

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    Depending on the mass of the payload and the type of orbit NK wants to achieve, it might be tough to launch from their latitude, even if they have sufficient thrust and modest mass.
     
  13. Apr 13, 2012 #12

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    Pssst! That wasn't really what they were trying to do!
     
  14. Apr 13, 2012 #13
    Good point. Probably built for tourists.
     
  15. Apr 13, 2012 #14

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  16. Apr 18, 2012 #15
    The amount of $$ required for the launch attempt is about the same amount of $$ to feed the entire NK population for a year.

    According to The Daily Focus (A South Korean internet based newspaper) - have no idea on its credibility though....
     
  17. Apr 18, 2012 #16

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    Two dollar signs is how you begin and end a segment of LaTeX code. The stuff you wrote in the middle is interpreted as variables, not text.
     
  18. Apr 18, 2012 #17

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    :surprised such a strange country
    Agreed. As strange as NK may be its common people are in a bad situation, it's even worse because of extensive propaganda and media control that means they probably don't even realise.
     
  19. Apr 18, 2012 #18

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