PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command officials acknowledged today that U.S. missile warning systems detected and tracked the launch of a North Korean missile at 7:49 p.m. EST. The missile was tracked on a southerly azimuth. Initial indications are that the first stage fell into the Yellow Sea. The second stage was assessed to fall into the Philippine Sea. Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit. At no time was the missile or the resultant debris a threat to North America.
NORADがLEO投入を確認したのなら、たとえ植木鉢の敷き皿でも、北朝鮮にとっては物凄い大成功。 まさにSHOCK THE WORLD！ 極軌道に近く、しかも地球の自転と逆の北北西に打ち上げるという悪条件で、よく軌道に乗せれたな・・・ 韓国の宇宙関係者は悔しいだろう。