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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 [...]

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 [...]

“The Country I Saw,” or “How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love North Korea’s Bomb (Almost)”

“The Country I Saw,” or “How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love North Korea’s Bomb (Almost)”

Wonkish hearts are aflutter over a new movie produced by the DPRK’s official film studio, Chosun Art Film Studio. The movie—actually four full-length sequels to a 1988 propaganda piece called The Country I Saw—is the fictional story of how one unassuming Japanese professor of international relations learns to stop worrying and love North [...]

Questions about the Unha-3 Failure

Questions about the Unha-3 Failure

Three weeks have passed since the North Korean failed satellite launch and we’re still waiting for more information to accurately assess what happened. The United States, as well as Japan and South Korea, deployed many sensors in the region to watch the launch, and should have gathered very good data on what happened. However, it is unclear how [...]

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 [...]

A Space Launch without a Space Program

A Space Launch without a Space Program

The DPRK has sparked another diplomatic confrontation with its announcement that it intends to place a satellite in orbit as part of a peaceful space program. Often overlooked is the fact that while the DPRK has missiles, it does not yet have a recognizable space program. Missiles are in the news again with North Korea’s announcement that it [...]

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