sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Re-entry Failure (not porn)

Asian and US news services reported that a camera operated by a Japanese broadcaster captured video imagery of the North Korean Hwasong-14/KN-20 missile before the re-entry vehicle splashed down in the Sea of Japan, west of Hokkaido. 

Missile experts said on 1 August that the video imagery showed that the re-entry vehicle apparently failed to survive the extreme heat and pressure after re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. The analyst who made the initial judgment said the video supported a reasonable conclusion that the re-entry vehicle did not survive.

The North Korean propaganda statement after the launch stipulated that the re-entry vehicle survived despite the heat. Apparently, the propagandists were not informed of any issues or maybe the reasonable conclusion is inaccurate. In either case, the post-launch celebrations, including a dinner in honor of the scientists, engineers and technicians that Kim Jong Un hosted, suggest no one thought it prudent to tell Kim

One of the drawbacks in not announcing a closure area and sending ships to observe and collect any debris is that North Korean engineers and scientists cannot be fully confident about the terminal phase of the missile flight. That is a risk that Kim Jong Un has ordered them to avoid.

It is misleading to describe the launch as a failure, as some analysts and news services have done. The North Koreans do not yet have a reliable, complete weapon system, but they have a missile that can reach the US.

 There will be many more launches before they put the nuke on top and send it to "topple the USA".