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News Alert: North Korea Nears Completion of Larger Rocket Launch Pad

News Alert: North Korea Nears Completion of Larger Rocket Launch Pad

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is nearing completion of modifications to the gantry at the launch pad of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). A new eleventh level has been added—one more than previously estimated—allowing the facility to handle [...]

Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

Significant Developments at North Korea’s Sohae Test Facility

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea may be preparing the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”) for a more robust rocket test program in the future involving larger space launch vehicles and road-mobile ballistic missiles able to attack targets [...]

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 [...]

Major Construction at the Sohae Rocket Test Site

Major Construction at the Sohae Rocket Test Site

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen. Summary New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has embarked on a major construction program at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (commonly referred to at “Tongchang-ri”), mounting six important new projects at the site since mid-2013. This activity, along with [...]

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 [...]

Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri) 3D Panoramas

Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri) 3D Panoramas

38 North announces the launch of new 3D panoramas providing interactive, high-detail, virtual tours of key North Korean sites. Developed by Nathan J. Hunt, the first set of panoramas is focused on the mapping and reconstruction of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (also referred to as Tongchang-ri). This initial release offers a [...]

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