re: NORTH KOREA KWANGMYONGSONG

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Mon Mar 11 2013 - 07:03:10 UTC

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    Good morning,
    
    N. Korea registers satellite launched in Dec. with U.N. 
    SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has registered its Kwangmyongsong 3-2 satellite launched into space late last year with the United Nations, state media and a U.N. Web site said Wednesday.
    
    The Korean Central News Agency, monitored in Seoul, said Pyongyang "submitted documents for satellite registration to the U.N. as a member of the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space." 
    
    As far as I know there have been no reports of any radio activity from this satellite and I dont have optical visibility. I did a quick check and it would appear that it is now optically visible over north Europe and the UK. It might be of value if an attempt could be made to determine what the current spin/rotation period is as this might be an indication of whether there is any chance of it being or becoming operational. Personally I think its as dead as a dodo . Its not an easy object as its not very big but it can produce bright flashes that might help in deriving some optical characteristics. The rocket is also probably visible- I did not check this - and this is an easy object.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
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