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  • Assessing North Korea's Rocket Launch Failure
    Posted by Robert Wall 7:54 AM on Apr 13, 2012

    The U.S. may have an easier time than North Korea analyzing what caused the failure of the DPRK's rocket failure shortly after the Unha-3 launched at 7:39 a.m. local time.

    The U.S. has had numerous sensors trained on the event, including having forward deployed the SBX sea-based X-band radar, as Aviation Week reported in the April 2 issue. The U.S. will also have had signals intelligence assets trying to tap into North Korea's telemetry data.

    The South Korean defense ministry says t
    he rocket reached an altitude of around 151 km when it began to fail. The debris came down around 100-150 km offshore Pyeongtaek, the South Korean city in the northwest of the country. The South Korean military is trying to recover some of the debris from the rocket, which broke into around 20 pieces.

    North Korea has acknowledged the launch failure and said it is investigating the cause of the accident.

    North Korea has claimed it was attempting to launch a satellite, but U.S. and South Korean officials view the attempted launch as an effort to validate ICBM technologies. 

    Tags: os99, NorthKorea, space12

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