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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 [...]

Assessing Recent Press Reports about Developments at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

Assessing Recent Press Reports about Developments at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Tim Brown. It is understandable that press speculation is growing about what is going on at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tonchang-ri) given the buzz about a possible space launch in October on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). The ROK Ministry of Defense [...]

North Korea: Sohae Facility Ready to Support Future SLV Launch; Preparations for Engine Testing Identified

North Korea: Sohae Facility Ready to Support Future SLV Launch; Preparations for Engine Testing Identified

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Tim Brown and Jack Liu. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that construction begun in spring 2015 after the earlier modification of the Sohae gantry for space launch vehicles (SLVs) has been completed. It appears that the SLV stages and payload can be prepared horizontally in a new [...]

North Korea: New Construction at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

North Korea: New Construction at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Tim Brown. Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery shows new construction at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (“Tongchang-ri”), specifically at the site used to launch the Unha space launch vehicle (SLV), most recently in 2012. While the upgrading of the gantry to support a space launch [...]

North Korea: Test Stand for Vertical Launch of Sea-Based Ballistic Missiles Spotted

North Korea: Test Stand for Vertical Launch of Sea-Based Ballistic Missiles Spotted

Summary Recent press reports have raised the possibility that North Korea is developing the capability to launch ballistic missiles from submarines. A review of commercial satellite imagery since 2010 covering submarine bases and submarine shipyards has identified a new test stand at the North’s Sinpo South Shipyard, probably intended to [...]

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Major Upgrade Program Completed; Facility Operational Again

North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Major Upgrade Program Completed; Facility Operational Again

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has completed a major construction program begun in late 2013 to upgrade the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. A key component of that program has been to upgrade an existing launch pad, enabling it to launch rockets larger [...]

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