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Nick Hansen

Nick Hansen is a retired expert on imagery technology, electronic systems laboratory, and an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Nick graduated with a B.A. in Geography from Syracuse University in 1964. His career in national intelligence spans 43 years first as an Army imagery analyst, and then in industry with GTE-EDL, ESL/TRW, Tera Research as a cofounder Vice Pres. and then again at ESL (now TRW/Northrop-Grumman) as a Director. Currently he is in an SES position at the Navy's NIOC-Suitland, MD, as an image technology expert associated with Pennsylvania State University. He has been twice nominated for the NRO's Pioneer award for innovative imagery uses and techniques development and is an expert in foreign weapons systems and test ranges.

The Unha-3 Launch Day Part Deux: From the Ground and from the Sky

The Unha-3 Launch Day Part Deux: From the Ground and from the Sky

Introduction North Korea achieved its first success in launching a satellite into orbit on December 12, 2012. To date, North Korean media have carried photographs and video clips, both prior to and during the launch, of the General Satellite Control Center (GSCC) near Pyongyang as well as the Sohae launch site itself.  In addition, [...]

North Korea’s Satellite Program

North Korea’s Satellite Program

North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong satellites have progressed from a simple Chinese design launched in 1998, to a larger, more advanced version in 2009 and the latest model, the Kwangmyongsong-3 that it attempted to launch in April 2012. Since none of these satellites achieved orbit how they would perform remains just speculation. This article will [...]

North Korea’s New Long-Range Missile: Fact or Fiction?

North Korea’s New Long-Range Missile: Fact or Fiction?

Introduction North Korea’s unveiling of a new long-range missile in its April 15 parade, designated the KN-08 by Western experts, has caused a great deal of speculation. Some analysts have even concluded that the weapons on display were not real. The paraded missiles are certainly not weapons ready for launching. But I believe they are [...]

The Rocket in Kim Jong Un’s Pocket

The Rocket in Kim Jong Un’s Pocket

The missile we should be worried about isn't the one North Korea is about to launch, it's the much bigger one that's hiding in plain sight. North Korea announced on Tuesday, April 10, that it had completed preparations for this week's satellite launch and a day later started fueling for a test that the United States says raises questions [...]

North Korea Readies The Unha-3 for Launch on April 12, 2012

North Korea Readies The Unha-3 for Launch on April 12, 2012

The North Koreans are making good progress to be able to launch the Unha-3 on April 12, 2012, the start of their announced launch window. Analysis on the most recent available imagery from April 9 shows activity at the propellant storage buildings adjacent to the pad, indicating fueling the rocket is about to start. In addition, the needed [...]

Preparing for the April DPRK Rocket Launch: A Timeline for the Next Three Weeks

Preparing for the April DPRK Rocket Launch: A Timeline for the Next Three Weeks

Introduction It is no secret that North Korea plans to launch a satellite in a window between April 12-16, 2012 to coincide with the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the country. It also plans to use an Unha-3 booster rocket launched from a new space port (Sohae Satellite Launching Station, a.k.a. Tongchang-dong Space Launch [...]

Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.