[amsat-bb] Re: Kwangyongsong-3

Trevor . m5aka at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Dec 18 10:15:55 PST 2012

The BBC quotes an SSTL engineer as saying It was too early to say that the satellite was dead. He stressed that any spacecraft would be unstable immediately after launch, and that North Korea could be trying to rectify the problem.

"We take typically two or three days to get a satellite stable, and we know what we're doing - whereas this is the North Koreans' first try.

"It would be prudent to wait a little longer and monitor the tumble rate to see whether there's any attempt to stabilise it."

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20769324

A Google English Korean newspaper report is at 

73 Trevor M5AKA

--- On Tue, 18/12/12, Bato, Andras <bato at starjan.hu> wrote:
> It seems the catalog number of the
> North Korean  satellite is 39026 and the International
> Designator is 12072A, so according to
> https://www.space-track.org/perl/id_query.pl
> the latest TLE is
> KYS-3
> 1 39026U 12072A   12353.24685568 
> .00002596  00000-0  16246-3
> 0   333
> 2 39026 097.4049 041.9729 0060301 151.5616 208.8926
> 15.08756125   940
> KYS is my ID for that flying box...
> Catalog number and ID was found by a fellow ham radio
> operator HG5APZ.
> gl de ha6nn
> Andras

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