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North Korea’s Largest Engine Test Yet

North Korea’s Largest Engine Test Yet

Summary On September 20, KCNA reported that Kim Jong Un had overseen the testing of a large new rocket engine at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. They claimed this new engine had a thrust of 80 tons and would be use for a new space launch vehicle. Rocket engine thrust isn’t normally measured in “tons,” and there is some ambiguity [...]

North Korea Tests New Rocket Engine: Test Preparations Seen at Sohae

North Korea Tests New Rocket Engine: Test Preparations Seen at Sohae

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu. On September 20, KCNA reported on Kim Jong Un guiding a “ground jet test of a new type of high-power engine of a carrier rocket for the geo-stationary satellite” from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. This test was “aimed to make a final confirmation of the [...]

Monitoring the Threat: a Timeline of North Korean Missile Tests 2013-2016

Monitoring the Threat: a Timeline of North Korean Missile Tests 2013-2016

Introduction by John Schilling (Photo: Rodong Sinmun) In a simpler time, it was sufficient to google “North Korean 2006 Missile Test” and find that, yes, the North Koreans conducted a single missile test in 2006 along with all the accompanying data known. But things aren’t that simple anymore. Now if you search for information on [...]

KMS-4 Nose Fairing Debris Found on Japanese Coast

KMS-4 Nose Fairing Debris Found on Japanese Coast

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nathan Hunt and Jack Liu. Summary On June 17, more than four months after North Korea launched the Kwangmyongsong-4 (KMS-4) satellite, the Japanese Defense Ministry reported the discovery of the second half of the launch vehicle nose fairing on a beach in Yurihama, Tottori Prefecture, about 1000 km [...]

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 [...]

Post-Launch Activity Observed at Sohae: Rocket Engine Test Possible

Post-Launch Activity Observed at Sohae: Rocket Engine Test Possible

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu. Executive Summary Recent commercial satellite imagery indicates new activity at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station since the February 7 satellite launch, including possible preparations for a rocket engine test. An unusual convoy of five small 4-meter-long trucks, apparently [...]

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