4.12.2012

Why such a big deal with the rocket launch in North Korea?

North Korea's much hyped rocket launch has failed today, April 13, 2012. For the past few days, or even weeks, there have been much-a-do-and-say about such "overrated" launch. Most countries, especially the first world, are having debates on such move by NoKor.

Reuters reports:
"North Korea said it wanted the Unha-3 rocket to put a weather satellite into orbit, although critics believed it was designed to enhance its capacity to design a ballistic missile to deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the continental United States."
So, is that it? Is North Korea already that powerful to wage war against those first world countries?

The paranoia has reached countries within the flight-path of such North Korean rocket including the Philippines. And since we are not capable of shooting such debris from the sky, removing it from its trajectory and totally crashing the rocket parts as it enters  the Philippine area of  responsibility, we were just advised to refrain from going out on some specific time of the day when the rocket would supposedly pass by our country. What do you think?

I would often wonder how the people could've  reacted to the Japan's launch of Spy satellites in 2003? Or how about the 4000++ satellites launched since 1998?

Wisegeek also says:
 "There are approximately 3,000 satellites operating in Earth orbit, according to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), out of roughly 8,000 man-made objects in total. In its entire history, the SSN has tracked more than 24,500 space objects orbiting Earth. The majority of these have fallen into unstable orbits and incinerated during reentry. The SSN also keeps track which piece of space junk belongs to which country.
As of 2008, the former Soviet Union and Russia had nearly 1,400 satellites in orbit, the USA about 1,000, Japan more than 100, China about 80, France over 40, India more than 30, Germany almost 30, the UK and Canada 25, and at least ten each from Italy, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Sweden, Luxembourg, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. "
Spacenews even reported some 10 year forecast that:
"According to the annual forecast of global launch activity the consulting firm released Aug. 25, an estimated 1,145 satellites — worth $196 billion worldwide — will be built between 2011 and 2020. About 70 percent of the satellites can be attributed to government demand, Euroconsult said."
Those satellites, just like that of South Korea, were of course rocket launched. But why make an argument on a single-failed attempt to stop a satellite launch just now?  Just so it may have been disguised as a ballistic missile test? But what about those countries who have just launched their own rockets some few years back?Why make much a fuss about a weather satellite from a relatively newcomer in the space-technology-era?

Since retrieving a broken satellite from space is more expensive than launching it, the satellite-space junk is continuously increasing through time thus creating a SPACE POLLUTION so to speak. Just as there are already a number of operational and non-operational satellites and space debris on the earth's orbit, these seemingly-fictional space junk image must've been really turning into a reality.


 Just as our sky's NO LONGER the limit anymore and there are already thousands and tons of space junks already in orbit on our precious mother earth, why trouble ourselves much with the worry of a fail attempt to launch a "weather" satellite JUST NOW? Maybe the delayed reactions are already too late, or maybe too, it may just be in time.

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