North Korean Launch Control Quite a Sight

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North Korea may not be able to feed its people, but the grandeur and technological sophistication of its nascent “space” program’s launch control is currently the subject of mass marvel online.

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Similar launch control facilities from around the world:

USA:

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Russia:

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Japan:

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Germany:

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France:

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China:

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South Korea:

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2ch’s self-made PC thread:

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North Korea’s last control facility:

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Their latest one:

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The “rocket” (not to be confused with a prototype ICBM designed to extort more money out of the US) is due to launch soon to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Great Leader Kim Il Sung, and will carry a satellite, doubtless of unparalleled sophistication, into orbit.

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South Korea, Japan and the US all maintain the launch is actually a missile test, and Japan has warned it will shoot the missile down should it come too close, whilst the US has cancelled its “unrelated” 240,000 tons of food aid. There is also considerable suspicion that the state plans to follow the launch with another nuclear test.

Online, the sight of their launch facilities has prompted some less than charitable commentary:

“NASA sure has a thing to learn from this, so compact and efficient.”

“It looks like an elementary school’s PC room…”

“Where are all the people?”

“There isn’t anything on their desks except for monitors…”

“I’d love to know what is in that wooden desk’s drawers.”

“Love that projector!”

“Look at its plugs… pure class.”

“The whole thing is probably a sham.”

“Wait, this isn’t a Photoshop?”

“CNN are showing it, it must be true!”

“They have no intention of controlling this missile once it is launched, do they?”

“Their last control room looked better.”

“Why lab coats?”

“For the look of the thing!”

“The guy on the lower left is watching a picture of himself in the control room on his own monitor. My sides ache.”

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