Meanwhile, Pyongyang claimed the Unha-3 rocket successfully delivered a scientific satellite into orbit known as Kwangmyongsong-3. 'Kwangmyongsong' means 'lodestar' or 'star of hope' and is believed to be a reference to former leader Kim Jong Il. The satellite may be tracked in real time.
The "out of control" satellite now poses a collision risk to other satellites in low earth orbit. The US Strategic Command tracks small pieces of debris, but space crashes generate particles that may not be tracked. The thousands of objects that may result from such an accident put other satellites, spaceships and the life of astronauts at risk. Kwangmyongsong-3 adds more to track among the 500,000 to 600,000 estimated now in orbit.
Following the success of the latest launch, North Korean motor vehicles with loudspeakers drove through Pyongyang streets to announce the “momentous event”. An official statement said that North Korea had exercised the “independent right to use space for peaceful purposes” by placing a satellite into an orbit that will take it over both poles, reported The Telegraph. The UN Security Council demurrers citing a violation of two UN Security Council resolutions.