North Korean Satellite tumbling out of control, not even functional

North Korea continues to play around in space.

Published Wed, Feb 10 2016 2:34 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:01 PM CST

North Korea set a major record over the weekend following the launch of their first satellite -carrying rocket. The problem, however, is that the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 satellite doesn't even work at all. And it's tumbling about in orbit, on a trajectory to burn-up in orbit. And smash into the Earth.

North Korean Satellite tumbling out of control, not even functional |

The US Department of Defense and other agencies around the world have analyzed the orbital object and have determined that it's in an unstable orbit, and absolutely incapable of functioning in any useful way. Other than as a proof of concept.

Of course officials from various countries and the U.N. Security Council are worried that this test is a display of their technological prowess and a secretive way to test technologies that could evolve into better intercontinental ballistic missiles, or even spy satellites.

South Korea has managed to analyze wreckage from previous failed launches and determined that they used very old technology that was highly unreliable. Around 270 pieces of debris from this current launch are currently being analyzed by the South Korean Defense Ministry.


Jeff grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he fell in love with gaming and building his own PC’s. He's a huge fan of any genre of gaming from RTS to FPS, but especially favors space-sims. Now he's stepped into the adult world by becoming a professional student looking to break into the IT Security world. When he’s not deep in his studies, he’s deep in a new game, revisiting an old game, or testing the extreme limits of his own PC. He's now a news contributor for TweakTown, looking to bring a unique view on technology and gaming.

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