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North Korea missile launch may come in hours

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posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:12 PM
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Wire:

Reuters: U.S. says North Korea launch is a provocative act, will prompt U.S. to take appropriate steps

and from the Vancouver Sun

Obama warns North Korea against missile launch


U.S. President Barack Obama said the international community would take steps if North Korea went ahead with the launch to show Pyongyang it could not act with impunity.

“Should North Korea decide to take this action, we will work with all interested partners in the international community to take appropriate steps to let North Korea know that they cannot threaten the safety and stability of other countries with impunity,” Obama told a joint news conference after talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Strasbourg.




posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:15 PM
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The problem here is that the EXACT SAME MISSILE that launched this "satellite" is capable of carrying a one ton payload 3700+ miles, or a 500 pound payload 5500+ miles. The ONLY difference between a missile with a warhead and a missile with a satellite (in this case) is the nose cone.

It makes me wonder if there was anything under that nose cone. It'll be interesting to see if Space Command sees anything up there. North Korea said once before that they had launched a satellite, and it was playing music, but it was never detected by anyone.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:16 PM
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AP article about the launch:
news.yahoo.com...

[edit on 4-4-2009 by Leto]



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:18 PM
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reply to post by Zaphod58
 

I thought you said that this missile type couldn't set anything into orbit.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:20 PM
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No, what I said was that it can't put a communications satellite into a USEFUL orbit. For a comsat to be truly useful it has to be in geosynchronous orbit. A Taepodong-2 doesn't have enough fuel to put a satellite that high, so for several hours out of the day it would be below the horizon so they wouldn't be able to use it for anything.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:22 PM
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Apparently earlier in the day Japan had released a report that North Korea launched their missile, but about 5 minutes later they learned that it was a false alarm but it was too late the news media already spread the news.

Their investigation says that the false alarm originated at a radar station that mistook a flying object as the missile.

hmm, UFO? www.voanews.com...



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:22 PM
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Nice, well written, comprehensive article from the NY Times regarding the launch.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:24 PM
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It not like there are many North Korean people with cell phones, or even telephones for that matter. The whole “communication” satellite nonsense is nothing more then a cover for a military operation which they agreed not to preform back in 2005-6.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:26 PM
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Better chance that its was a spy UCAV or something similar trying to get into or out of the area they were monitoring.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:29 PM
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reply to post by Leto
 

Exactly. I saw that in that summary too. "That an object had blasted off from the secretive nation." Blaming it on an erroneous operation of Em-Net.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:29 PM
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While many analysts have looked at the launching through a military lens, some say another perspective involves political rivalries on the Korean peninsula. For years, South Korea has been gearing up to fire a satellite into orbit and join the space club. Its spaceport of Oinarodo is nearly ready, but a launching scheduled for this month was delayed, giving North Korea an opening.

“They’re racing to beat the South Koreans,” said Tim Brown, a senior fellow at GlobalSecurity.org, a private group in Alexandria, Va.

That's the first time I have read that and its very interesting to note. Nice article.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:30 PM
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David C. Wright, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a private group in Cambridge, Mass., said the North Korean rocket might be able to lift a small satellite of 220 pounds into an orbit some 250 miles high. If used as a ballistic missile, he added, the rocket might throw a warhead of 2,200 pounds to a distance of some 3,700 miles — far enough to hit parts of Alaska.

www.nytimes.com...

At that height, a comsat would have an orbital time of about 90 minutes or so. That would put it over North Korea for a matter of minutes every hour and a half. What good is a comsat at that altitude?



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:31 PM
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From the Wires:

The US State Department will be holding a press conference at 11.40 p.m. Eastern Time

Russian Military confirms the North Korea rocket launch, according to reports from news agencies in Moscow.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:32 PM
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Live from radar tracking:





posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:33 PM
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reply to post by Zaphod58
 


What exactly is it that falls into the ocean?
More debris in the ocean....



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:35 PM
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WWIII here we come!!

WOOO!

/sarcasm



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:35 PM
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From the Wires:

Yonhap: Convening a meeting of top commanders, South Korea cautioned its forces to stay on heightened alert along its Northern border.

Yonhap: Seoul vows "concrete" countermeasures against N. Korean rocket

ANd


Japan Requests UN Council Meeting Minutes After N. Korea Missile Flies

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, April 4 -- Minutes after Tokyo announced that North Korea had, in fact, launched its rocket, Japan's mission to the UN send the Press this notice:

Today at 22:53, H.E. Mr. Yukio TAKASU, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations requested the President of the Security Council by letter (attached) to convene an urgent meeting of the Security Council to consider the launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, under the Council's agenda item entitled "Non-proliferation / Democratic People's
Republic of Korea".

The time and date of the urgent meeting will be communicated later on. Immediately after the meeting, H.E. Mr. Yukio TAKASU will speak at the Security Council's stakeout.

Please note in advance that for any further inquiry by phone or e-mail on the above-mentioned matter, we will not be able to make any comment.
Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

Source

[edit on 4/4/09 by redhatty]



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:37 PM
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Originally posted by redhatty
From the Wires:

The US State Department will be holding a press conference at 11.40 p.m. Eastern Time

Russian Military confirms the North Korea rocket launch, according to reports from news agencies in Moscow.


Does anyone know if the News Networks are going to carry this?? I don't see any mention of it on CNN or Fox News...



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:38 PM
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The rocket motors from the different stages. As each stage burns out it falls off lightening the rocket, and clearing the motors for the next stage.



posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:38 PM
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how's that satellite doing? Haha don't be too excited you may be drafted.



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