[FPSPACE] North Korea affirms successful launch of Kwangmyongsong-2
kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za
Mon May 11 09:41:19 EDT 2009
Let those of us fortunate enough to live in democracies be truly
Never let our daily irritations & exasperations with corruption,
compromise, & spin doctors, make us romanticise dictatorships.
Indeed, even the Soviet Government, then running a one-party police
state, never went beyond claiming that a satellite, whose radio
transmission failed, was a success. It censored the inevitable few
failures, it never claimed phantom launches into orbit. Similarly, the
Chinese Government, running a (de facto) one-party police state, has
never falsely claimed a failed launch really reached orbit. It at most
simply claimed that a failure was all the fault of a western company
whose payload it failed to launch!
The press statement below was presumably aimed at a domestic
audience. Any north Korean who manages to illegally listen to foreign
radio broadcasts, or illegally access FPSPACE archives on the internet,
& so learns the contrary, will keep his secret to himself until the
current dictator passes away.
>Pyongyang May 7 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Korean Committee of
Space Technology issued a statement on
>As already reported, scientists and technicians of the DPRK
successfully put Kwangmyongsong-2, an experimental
>communications satellite, into orbit of space. [....] the putting of
satellite into orbit and experimental communications by a
>satellite through the launch of Kwangmyongsong-2 and thus made a giant
stride forward in the activities for the
>development of outer space for peaceful purposes.
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