Controversial North Korean rocket broke up shortly after launch

April 13, 2012NORTH KOREA– North Korea’s much hyped long-range rocket launch on Friday ended in apparent failure, South Korean officials said, dealing a blow to the prestige of the reclusive and impoverished state that defied international pressure to push ahead with the plan. North Korea said it wanted the Unha-3 rocket to put a weather satellite into orbit, although critics believed it was designed to enhance the capacity of North Korea to design a ballistic missile deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the continental United States. A spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Seoul told journalists that the rocket had broken up and crashed into the sea a few minutes after launch. Officials from Japan confirmed the mission had failed, while ABC News cited U.S. officials saying it had failed, although there was no immediate indication of where it fell. The rocket’s flight was set to take it over a sea separating the Korean peninsula, with an eventual launch of a third stage of the rocket in seas near the Philippines that would have put the satellite into orbit. This was North Korea’s second consecutive failure to get a satellite into orbit, although it claimed success with a 2009 launch and there was no comment on the launch from North Korea’s official media. The Unha-3 rocket took off from a new launch site on the west coast of North Korea, near the Chinese border. The launch had been timed to coincide with the 100th birthday celebrations of the isolated and impoverished state’s founder, Kim Il-sung, and came after a food aid deal with the United States had hinted at an easing of tensions on the world’s most militarized border. –Reuters
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11 Responses to Controversial North Korean rocket broke up shortly after launch

  1. Dennis E. says:

    They will continue to try and accomplish what they have set out to do.
    So did the USA as its space program developed and we suffered setbacks.
    They want to be a major player on the world’s scene I think and they want respect as a world power and it seems that when they have the means to deliver the nuclear warheads they have, then they will have something to bargin with. Cutting feed imports with not deter them from their mission. Already hundreds of thousands have died from starvation and lack of a proper diet. The population is expendable. According to news reports, the rocket used was from 60 era Soviet type missile.


  2. I am saying some type of energy weapon, maybe even charged particle beam experiment, and I would love to know the location of the X-37 b space plane relative to that launch…..


  3. Rob says:

    I guess time willl tell.


  4. Andrés says:

    Maybe shot down by the US


  5. nickk0 says:

    Meanwhile…. the North Korean people starve…….


  6. I know the location Michael!

    sorry for the snark — these “world events” are really too much to handle sometimes

    time to turn up the music and get going in the garden



  7. Garth Colin Whelan says:

    I know why it failed.

    Here in the Philippines, we just finished our National Prayer Gathering in Manila, where 8,000 prayer warriors were ready. We rebuked the N. Korean rocket test, as we were expecting it to land around the Camarines Sur region. We rebuked it in prayer.



  8. yamkin says:

    World’s Biggest Civilian Earth Observing Satellite Falls Silent – April 2012


  9. hmmm…..”We’re sorry but reader comments are currently unavailable.” too bad

    so, it only had a “planned lifetime of 5 years”

    Read more:–engineers-scramble-regain-contact-tonne-orbiter.html#ixzz1rzLFNTks


  10. Emanni says:

    Analytical Graphics, Inc. produced an animation showing the planned launch trajectory. The visualization begins shortly after launch from Sohae Satellite Launching Station in the Cholsan County of North Phyongan Province. The launch site is only 35 miles (50 kilometers) from the city of Dandong on the Chinese border.

    Analytical Graphics, Inc. created an update animation showing how they believe the launch failure went down.


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