NDRRMC: NoKor Rocket Launch Likely Taking Place December 10-12

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said preparations are on going for North Korea’s another attempt to launch a rocket to place a satellite into orbit.

In a press release over the weekend, the NDRRMC said the NoKor rocket launch is likely to take place between December 10 to 12, 2012.

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Pre-positioning of equipment, emergency response teams and issuance of warnings for shipping, fishing and flights in the projected path of the rocket have been discussed in Technical Management Group meeting last Saturday, the NDRRMC noted.

The NDRRMC said its operations center is currently on “Red Alert” status.

In another press release, the NDRRMC showed the rocket’s suspected flight path and geographical locations where the fairing and the first and second stages of the rocket might fall.

NoKor rocket first stage
NoKor rocket second stage
NoKor rocket fairing
NoKor rocket 2nd stage
NoKor rocket second stage fall areas
NoKor rocket flight path

The second stage rocket, the NDRRMC stated, could splash down in the waters somewhere near Baggao, Cagayan and Polilio Island.

A second stage rocket is placed on top of a larger first stage rocket that is ignited at launch. Once the first stage rocket is extinguished, the second stage separates from the first stage and its engine is ignited.