This seems like an odd trajectory to me

Then again, I’m not a Rocket Scientist.

The latest North Korean Missile test landed about 60 miles South of Vladivostok. That’s about as dumb as it gets. Not sure how Putin will react to that. I’m thinking he will be as cold as ice. There will be no public statements. There will be some quiet movement of Forces. There will be some changes in readiness. Might I even dream that there will be coordination for a joint nuclear First Strike by the Russian Federation and the United States? I think it’s time for the North Koreans to get serious about killing Fat Kim and save themselves from being incinerated and radiated.

Here’s what I find odd.

The missile traveled 430 Miles laterally, gaining a maximum altitude of 1,245 Miles.

I had no idea that anything from North Korea could actually fly that high. Still you would think that they would get more range out of something that flies that high. For every mile the missile travels laterally it attains 3 miles in altitude to do so. That just seems kind of odd to me but like I said, I’m not a Rocket Scientist.

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8 Responses to This seems like an odd trajectory to me

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    I am highly skeptical of that altitude figure. Anything that can reach that height would likely be in orbit. Hell, the International Space Station orbits at about 250 miles.

    On the other hand, what do I know? I am no rocket surgeon.

  2. Sortahwitte says:

    I am no sprocket sturgeon either, but this episode of “shoot it and see where it goes” reminds me of werner von braun’s biography. He was the nazi that developed the v-1 and v-2 programs for hitler. After ww2, he became a republican and ran the US space program.
    The biography was titled “I aim at the stars”. After reviewing the book, a word person added to the title with “but I hit London”.

  3. E. Willers says:

    I’m not a mathologist, but I think they reversed the two numbers. A 430 miles altitude, covering a distance 1,245 miles, makes more sense to me.

  4. Bman says:

    Well, I’m no spaceologist, but an altitude of 1, 254 miles would put you in space.

  5. Rockheim says:

    Just spitballing here buuuut…

    Could it have something to do with the fact that if they launch it has to come down somewhere? And outside of their nation, which is only a couple hundred miles long and wide.. They stand a chance of dropping this thing into someone elses yard.. Which may have “undesireable” geo-political effects.

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    Guam killer?

    As I discussed with MIT’s Vipin Narang on a recent podcast, North Korea has long made a point of intending to deter the United States from preemptive action against it by threatening the U.S. territory of Guam, where the U.S. Air Force notably stations its strategic bomber force for the Pacific theater, including B-1Bs and B-2s. The Musudan (Hwasong-10) had originally been described as North Korea’s ‘Guam-killer’ missile, but its range would likely be inadequate to deliver a nuclear payload. Based on the Hwasong-12’s range and apogee on Sunday, David Wright estimates that it should be able to comfortably overshoot Guam. As a result, this single-stage IRBM — even if it may be less efficient than the Musudan — fills an important role for North Korea’s nuclear forces.

    • Uke says:

      Most years nowadays, they take significant steps forward in their strategic position, especially in regards to their missile and nuke tech.

      I feel like it’s inevitable that they will acquire global reach, nuclear capable ICBMs, short of us outright decapitating that country. They are all in on the issue, and willing to sacrifice everything to get there. It’s pretty much impossible to stop such single-minded determination.

      The only question really is how we operate once that happens.

  7. trebor snoyl says:

    I’m no rocket scientist either, but in order to attain Earth orbit, the missle must attain a speed of approximately five miles per second. The Norks rocket probably didn’t achieve that velocity.