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North Korea Conducts Large Rocket Motor Tests: Construction at Sohae Launch Pad

North Korea Conducts Large Rocket Motor Tests: Construction at Sohae Launch Pad

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Nick Hansen Summary Despite its failed rocket test last spring, commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea continues to develop long-range missiles, possibly with intercontinental ranges. Since the failed launch, the North has conducted at least two, and possibly more, tests of large rocket [...]

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 [...]

The DPRK Rocket and Korean Peace

The DPRK Rocket and Korean Peace

Why would North Korea sacrifice its long-cherished dream of improving relations with the United States for such a trivial thing as “fireworks” for a national holiday? Around the world, people are wracking their brains trying to explain this seemingly sudden “satellite launch” decision, and the theories that have emerged so far can be [...]

Getting North Korea’s Rocket to the Launch Pad

Getting North Korea’s Rocket to the Launch Pad

I have been looking at options for how North Korea could get its rocket to the launch pad and ready for launch at the Tongchang-dong site. My conclusion is that the stages of the rocket will likely be transported separately and assembled on the pad, as North Korea apparently did in preparation for its April 2009 launch at the Musudan-ri launch [...]

North Korea’s New Launch Site

North Korea’s New Launch Site

This article was originally published on 38 North on February 23, 2011. It has been reposted in light of DPRK's announced intention to launch a satellite in April 2012. Find more articles by David Wright here. Last week press stories announced that North Korea had completed a second launch site for long-range rockets, which is bigger and [...]

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