Dec 13, 2012
Following North Korea’s missile success earlier this week, U.S. officials told NBC late yesterday that Pyongyang’s space vehicle is “spinning out of control” above the earth.
The satellite was placed in a low earth orbit Wednesday and has been cruising pole-to-pole ever since.
South Korea has now come out saying NBC’s comments are wrong, the satellite is in fact orbiting normally via AP/ABC.
Conflicting statements, but we’ll fill in some gaps and let you decide if the KWANGMYONGSONG is in trouble.
A bit of digging earlier this morning turned up a Reddit thread with a group tracking the KWANGMYONGSONG 3 in real time that led to some hard facts.
Real Time Satellite Tracking (RTST) says the ‘SONG 3 is an observation satellite designed for weather purposes, according to the DPRK and lists a NORAD ID of 39026 on the object as it travels southwest over Africa at 2:21 a.m. EDT.
This article was posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:51 am