If there is a North Korean satellite, and if it reaches orbit, it will broadcast "Song of Kim Il Sung" on 470 MHz.

Posted: 12 Apr 2012   Print   Send a link
NBC News, 12 Apr 2012, James Oberg: "During all this time, officials say, the satellite will be transmitting patriotic hymns on a 470MHz beacon. Foreign radio listeners will try to pick it up, and if the satellite reaches orbit, it’s almost certain that some — perhaps very, very many — will do so before the first official North Korean reception. If nobody hears the satellite’s beacon in those hours, something clearly will have gone wrong."

Xinhua, 8 Apr 2012: "Jang Myung Jin, who is in charge of the [launching] station, told reporters that ... [a]fter entering its Sun-synchronous orbit, the satellite will broadcast 'the Song of General Kim Il Sung' and 'the Song of General Kim Jong Il.'"

NBC News, 10 Apr 2012, Ed Flanagan interviewing space consultant James Oberg: "Q: What questions did you have coming into this press conference with the North Korea Space Technology Committee? A: Perhaps the most interesting one for me was how soon after launch they’ll have success or failure in the form of a radio signal from the satellite. The North Koreans said they couldn’t answer that one. That puzzled me because the primary responsibility of flight control is knowing when to expect indicators of success or failure like receiving a radio signal. Maybe they were just officials and not workers who care about the details. ... In regards to the timing of the radio signal and how other radio amateurs around the planet could help detect these signals, they said they would answer tomorrow ."

AP, 12 Apr 2012, Eric Talmadge: "Pyongyang says the satellite will broadcast martial music praising North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung. It says Bright Shining Stars 1 and 2, launched in 1998 and 2009, did the same. But no broadcasts were ever detected, and neither probe is believed to have reached orbit. If the broadcasts on the UHF and X-bands are successful, the first independent confirmation could come from western Australia, which might pick them up within 20 minutes. The west coast of South America would be next, followed by the U.S. east coast. North Korea would not likely hear them until as much as 12 hours later."

North Korea Tech, 13 Apr 2012, Martyn Williams: "Based on information submitted to international organizations prior to launch, the folks at Analytical Graphics have produced a good-looking computer simulation of what the Unha-3 launch might look like." With video.

weather.com (The Weather Channel), 10 Apr 2012: "North Korea's claim justifying a planned rocket launch that the isolated country merely wants to put a weather satellite in orbit was denounced on Tuesday by the White House, which dismissed the claim by saying North Korea should just 'go to weather.com.'"

Politico, 9 Apr 2012, Dylan Byers: "The White House is pushing back against the media for what it sees as oversaturated coverage of this week’s forthcoming North Korean missile test. 'You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know this is a propaganda exercise,' National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told me. 'Reporters have to be careful not to get co-opted.'"

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