posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 07:04 PM
Originally posted by Gazrok
reply to post by RalagaNarHallas
No, space is a BIG place (even just the space around Earth's orbit), and the satellite is only 100kg (about 220lbs). Even if it was a nuke (which it
wasn't), it wouldn't have a very big blast radius, likely wouldn't even get another satellite. No way they have a nuke small enough and powerful
enough to have gone up in that.....
And certainly they've demonstrated no EMP weapon that could work in such a scenario....
edit on 8-4-2013 by Gazrok because: (no reason
Worse, I'd consider the US to be pretty much the definitive leader in nuke design, and WE couldn't put one in there that would do the job.
Consider: you can't stick any old nuke in a rocket and deal an EMP deathblow to the US. Only a very small percentage of the blast energy is converted
to xrays and gamma rays. Of them, only a percentage causes Compton effect interactions which produce the radio wave blurt called an EMP.
Most of the energy of THAT is in bands where it doesn't interact well with electronics. It does cause havoc with power lines.
Given all the points where you're losing major chunks of energy, the effect of a nuke in producing EMP scales with the design (you can optimize for
gamma somewhat) and with the size of the weapon. You cannot get a decent EMP with a little peanut nuke of the type NK has been producing. Just can't.
To get the job done, you need a thermonuke of sufficient yield. You'd want something in the multi-megaton range. Our lightest thermonuke only yields
about 150kT, and it was a jewel of design work. IT'S too big to fit in there - in the block 1 configuration it's about 300 pounds. Our most advanced
publicly known nuke is big enough, about 1.5MT, but it's about 900 pounds, and it uses techniques that NK won't have gotten to yet.
So, no, this thing is not a secret EMP death device, it's another indictment of NK's technical prowess.