ABC News: North Korean Satellite Tumbling In Orbit, Rendering It Useless
The North Korean satellite launched this weekend is tumbling in orbit, rendering it useless, just like another one of the country's satellites launched in December, 2012.
A U.S. official told ABC News that while the Unha 3 rocket was able to get its payload into orbit, it has been tumbling ever since. While the North Korean satellite may not work, the U.S. official said North Korea considers the launch to have been a success because the payload reached orbit. That is of most concern, said the official, since the same technology used to get a payload into orbit is the same needed for a nuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile to reach the continental United States.
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Update #1: Images emerge of N. Korea booster debris; U.S. official: satellite 'tumbling in orbit' -- CNN
Update #2: North Korea’s “successful” satellite in orbit, but tumbling and useless -- Ars Technica
WNU Editor: The Pentagon is saying the opposite .... that the satellite is in fact not tumbling, but stable .... North Korean satellite 'stable' in orbit after launch, US official confirms (FOX News)