Re: North Korea announces satellite launch May 31-June 11

From: Bob Christy via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_lists.seesatmail.org>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2023 09:06:13 +0000
Hello Marco

This is an oddity of a trajectory.

Previous Sohae launches deposited the first stage and fairing off South Korea, allowing SK to recover parts of them. I causes me to think that this first-stage dog-leg might be aimed at dropping them into a relatively out of reach area.

Don't discount a sun-sychronous orbit though. The third stage of the earlier launches also followed a dog-leg in order to avoid flying over Chinese waters and Taiwan.
https://www.orbitalfocus.uk/Diaries/NKorea/Kwangmyongsong32.php

If this is indeed aimed at sun-synch orbit and with LTDN similar to the earlier ones then launch time is likely to be around 21:00-22:00 UTC

Bob

> On 29 May 2023, at 02:53, Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_lists.seesatmail.org> wrote:
> Op 29-5-2023 om 02:50 schreef Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l:
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>> This set of Navigational Warnings has appeared that is likely related, as they match a launch from Sohae and are for the indicated period (the UTC dates correspond to local dates May 31-June 11)
> 
> More, including a map, here:
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> https://sattrackcam.blogspot.com/2023/05/north-korea-announces-satellite-launch.html
> 
> - Marco
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