posted on Dec, 11 2012 @ 11:02 PM
reply to post by craig732
The X37-B was meant to be launched in October, the timing is coincidental.
Plus, the orbital inclinations of the two satellites are completely different.
Rockets launched from Cape Canaveral place satellites in an orbit between 28° - 57°, placing it in a prograde orbit.
The North Korean rocket was launched in what seems to be a polar orbit, as it was spotted flying over Okinawa, which is directly south of North
The X37-B can change it's course during orbits but only by a certain amount.
According to this PAPER
, if the shuttle was launched from Cape Canaveral, it's course
can be changed between 35 and 120 degrees. If launched from Vandenberg AFB, it has a range between 170 and 300 degrees.
So no, it wasn't launched to intercept the North Korean satellite, if it were, it would have been launched from Vandenberg.
edit on 11/12/12 by Chadwickus because: (no reason given)