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Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Activity at the Vertical Engine Test Stand 

Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Activity at the Vertical Engine Test Stand 

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station shows continued low-level activity that does not suggest imminent preparations for either the launch of a space launch vehicle (SLV) or engine test. Low-level Activity at Launch [...]

North Korea’s Tonghae Launch Facility: Little Activity Spotted; No Launches Planned

North Korea’s Tonghae Launch Facility: Little Activity Spotted; No Launches Planned

A 38 North exclusive, with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery of the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground, North Korea’s oldest rocket test site, shows little or no activity related to either construction of new facilities that largely stalled in mid-2012 (a new launch pad, missile assembly building and launch [...]

Construction at Tonghae Resumes: No Tests Likely in 2013

Construction at Tonghae Resumes: No Tests Likely in 2013

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that construction of new facilities at the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea has resumed after a hiatus of nearly a year. Those facilities—a  launch pad, missile assembly building and launch control center—appear to be [...]

North Korea Halts Construction of New Long-Range Rocket Launch Facilities

North Korea Halts Construction of New Long-Range Rocket Launch Facilities

A 38 North exclusive with contributions by Nick Hansen Summary New commercial satellite imagery confirms that major construction projects at the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground have been halted. These projects—the building of a new launch pad, missile assembly building and launch control center—are designed to handle larger rockets than [...]

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 [...]

Is the Rocket on the Sohae Launch Pad? A 38 North Exclusive

Is the Rocket on the Sohae Launch Pad? A 38 North Exclusive

Analysis of commercial satellite photographs taken on April 4 of North Korea’s Sohae Launch Center indicates some evidence to suggest that the first stage of the Unha-3 rocket, while not visible, may be stacked in the gantry. If Pyongyang is following the timeline previously published by 38 North (based on the experience of past rocket [...]

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