The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 18, 2012
 

N. Korea satellite appears dead: US scientist

 
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A satellite launched with fanfare last week by a defiant North Korea appears to be dead as no signal can be detected, a United States (US) -based astrophysicist who monitors spaceflights said on Monday.

The US and its Asian allies have acknowledged that North Korea succeeded on Wednesday in putting an object into orbit that the communist state said was observing the Earth and airing patriotic songs.

Mr Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said that the satellite was clearly in orbit but that no songs could be heard.

"To the best of our knowledge, the satellite isn't operating," he said. "It's definitely up there and it's whizzing around, but it's just not feeling very well."