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Seoul acknowledged DPRK advances despite repeated failures to launch KXan satellite 36 Daily News

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 15:09:24

North Korean authorities announced their intention to place the satellite in near-Earth orbit on Tuesday, August 22, notifying Japan and informing it of locations where fragments from the upper stages could fall. The initial “window” was established in the period from midnight on August 24 to midnight on August 31. In South Korea, the launch was supposed to be carried out very quickly, as the DPRK did so in the previous launch attempt, which took place on May 31 and also ended in failure. Then the “window” was taken for the period from May 31 to June 11 and the start was made on the first day of the period.

The assumptions of South Korean experts turned out to be correct: the launch took place on the first day of the “window”. “Today at 3:50 a.m., North Korea, from a location near the city of Dongchangni in North Pyongan Province, launched a system it calls a ‘space launch vehicle’ southward. We immediately recorded the moment. After the launch, we followed the flight, and according to our estimates, the launch failed,” a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces said Thursday morning. At the same time, a South Korean official condemned the DPRK’s actions, calling them a violation of UN Security Council resolutions that prohibit Pyongyang from launching using ballistic technologies.

The DPRK also did not hide the failure of the second launch, admitting it very quickly, literally two and a half hours after the launch. At 6:15 am a short message appeared on the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) website under the headline “An accident occurred during the second attempt to launch a military observation satellite.” “The first and second stages of the new Chollima-1 launch vehicle functioned normally, however, during the flight of the third stage, a malfunction of the self-destruct system occurred, leading to a general failure…”, he adds says the statement. At the same time, the DPRK stressed that already in October this year, that is, in less than two months, it will make a third attempt to put a satellite into low Earth orbit.

In South Korea, which, for obvious reasons, pays great attention to all the details and peculiarities of the development of North Korean missile technology, they immediately began to analyze the reasons for another failure, as well as possible new moments.

Summarizing the views expressed by South Korean experts, it can be concluded that the South appreciates the DPRK’s progress in satellite launch technologies, although, of course, full success has not yet been achieved. The basis for such conclusions was the fact that during the previous launch, on May 31, the launch vehicle fell much earlier, at the stage of separation of the first and second stages, and then engine problems arose. The wreckage fell into the Yellow Sea and South Korean military experts were able to collect it from the bottom and study it.

However, things look a bit different now. In fact, on the launch vehicle itself, everything went in normal mode, the first and second stages started normally, they allowed the third and last upper stage to start, but then there was an unfortunate failure to a certain extent, which led to the failure. of the entire mission. It is about the sudden operation of the self-destruct system.

As the South Korean media points out, referring to the comments of local experts, two fundamentally different self-destruct systems are used in the world’s space vehicles, which are designed to destroy a launch vehicle that failed during launch. The “Soviet” system, which is used in Russia and which, according to Seoul, is also used by northerners, is configured in such a way that the self-destruct device independently analyzes the flight and all other data and makes a decision. about self-detonation if you receive information about an emergency situation. The “American” or Western system currently used in South Korea works differently: self-destruction does not occur automatically, but only on command from the operator, when the operator decides that something is out of control. Returning to the reasons for the failure of the DPRK this morning, it can be assumed that for some unclear reason the automation of the self-destruct unit decided that there was an emergency situation, blowing up the third stage, which at the same time flew normally. .

This is what the South Korean experts are saying now. “What the DPRK calls ‘Emergency Kill System Device’ is what we call ‘Flight Termination System’ or FTS – Flight Termination System… It seems there was a malfunction in the operation of this device. in particular, that it worked, removing the third upper stage with the satellite”, – said the head of the Center for Missile Technology of the Institute for State Strategy and Security of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chan Yong Geun, in an interview with local journalists. .

Another South Korean military expert, Lee Chung Geun, agrees with him. “Based on the content of the DPRK’s statement, the problem is not that big, just that for some reason the self-destruct unit worked and everything else went on as normal,” Li said.

For this reason, Seoul believes that the DPRK is not fooled and promises to make a new attempt in two months, in October. “Apparently, this time there were no problems in the work and in separating the three blocks, so it was immediately said that there would be a restart in October,” said Jang Yong Geun… “If there was something serious with the engines, then it would be extremely difficult to identify and eliminate the problems three months after the launch failure on May 31… Probably the problem is really small, just self-destruct unit to deal with… Also, due to weather conditions and climate conditions of the DPRK, it is better to launch it no later than October. Probably that is why this term was named.” added Lee Chung Geun.

However, it is worth acknowledging that there are those in South Korea who doubt the possibility of the DPRK succeeding on the third try. The fact is that this time all the debris fell outside the three areas that the DPRK authorities indicated as closed to navigation and flights. With a high degree of probability, this can mean that the flight really went wrong initially and/or there were more serious problems. “It turns out that Pyongyang made a mistake in designating the three drop zones. This is a serious mistake. It cannot be ruled out that the DPRK was in a great hurry, trying to repeat the launch, timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the creation of the state. , without having had time to properly eliminate the problems that arose during the launch on May 31,” said the director of the Department of Security and Strategy of the Institute of Military Problems of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kim Yeom-soo. in an interview with Yonhap News. In this sense, the expert suggested that the rush and the desire to “make a gift for the anniversary date” caused new oversights.

In any case, South Korea agrees that, given the DPRK’s public statements, it will make a third attempt to launch a military satellite into low-Earth orbit in October and the chances of successful completion have now increased markedly, although The second launch, with all the advances shown, ended up being a failure.

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