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Countdown to the Rocket Launch

Countdown to the Rocket Launch

Postscript: Press reports that North Korea launched the Unha rocket this evening were confirmed by US, Japanese and South Korean government sources. At this writing, it is unclear whether the launch was successful although unconfirmed reports have indicated that the rocket flew over Okinawa on its way south. Our analysis stated that the full [...]

Countdown to the Rocket Launch: Staging of Rocket Proceeding More Slowly than Reported; Winter Weather a New Factor?

Countdown to the Rocket Launch: Staging of Rocket Proceeding More Slowly than Reported; Winter Weather a New Factor?

A joint NorthKoreaTech/38 North exclusive, with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary North Korean preparations for a new rocket launch later this month appear to be proceeding more slowly than previously reported in the press according to analysis of commercial satellite imagery from December 4 and past DPRK test practices. Moreover, since this [...]

Countdown to Pyongyang’s Missile Launch: Unha Rocket Stages at Assembly Building

Countdown to Pyongyang’s Missile Launch: Unha Rocket Stages at Assembly Building

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Preparations for a new North Korean rocket launch appear to be underway at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (commonly referred to as Tongchang-ri) located on its west coast. Based on DigitalGlobe satellite imagery released on November 23 and 26, trailers carrying the first two [...]

North Korea Conducts Large Rocket Motor Tests: Construction at Sohae Launch Pad

North Korea Conducts Large Rocket Motor Tests: Construction at Sohae Launch Pad

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary Despite its failed rocket test last spring, commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea continues to develop long-range missiles, possibly with intercontinental ranges. Since the failed launch, the North has conducted at least two, and possibly more, tests of large rocket [...]

Construction Halted at New North Korean Missile Launch Pad; Old Site Refurbished in Preparation for Future Launches

Construction Halted at New North Korean Missile Launch Pad; Old Site Refurbished in Preparation for Future Launches

A 38 North exclusive, with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary North Korea has halted work at a new launch pad intended to conduct future tests of larger, liquid-fueled rockets, possibly with intercontinental ranges. Commercial satellite imagery of the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground—commonly referred to as Musudan-ri—taken on August 29, [...]

New Launch Facilities Under Construction at Musudan-ri, Possible Iranian Connection

New Launch Facilities Under Construction at Musudan-ri, Possible Iranian Connection

New satellite photos from April 29, 2012 indicate that a major upgrade of North Korea’s Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground—more commonly referred to as Musudan-ri—underway since summer 2011, is making rapid progress. The new construction is intended to support future launches of rockets larger than the recently tested Unha—more capable [...]

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