In 2009, a satellite that North Korea insists it has sent into orbit was evidently a dummy that the North manufactured to justify testing a Taepodong-2 missile, South Korean space experts say.
Apparently, North Korea has sent another dummy payload into space as CBS news reports, the most recent 'satellite payload' is also turned into an uncontrolled spinning vector.
It's the second time the North has tried but failed to put a satellite into stable orbit.
North Korea actually claims to have put four satellites into orbit, but the first two have never been confirmed by anyone else.
The [2009 launch] apparent use of a dummy that looked like a satellite on the launch pad boosts US, Japanese, and South Korean claims that the North fired its long-range missile on Sunday to continue developing the technology rather than to pursue space exploration.
Disagreement over North Korea's motivation is one issue blocking the UNfrom issuing a resolution on Sunday's launch. ...
Coincidently, this same payload from the Feb 7th, 2016 launch, was seen passing over in orbit over Sunday's superbowl football game, as if to send an omninous message of being able to reach out and touch a land far away,..