Kwangmyongsong-3

Launch plans indicate largely unchanged Unha 3 rocket

Rocket drop zones listed in maritime warnings issued by North Korea indicate its planned February satellite launch will take place on a rocket not dissimilar to the Unha-3 that it used on two previous launches in 2012. The drop zones are areas of the sea into which the…


A new satellite and an old argument

North Korea’s space agency told the Associated Press last week that it is planning to launch another satellite. The satellite will be the fifth it has attempted to put in orbit. The first three launches were unsuccessful but the fourth, in December 2012, successfully placed a…


North Korea has a new satellite control center

North Korea has built a new satellite control center, according to state-run media reports on Sunday. Existence of the center was revealed with news that Kim Jong Un visited the site recently. The exact date of the visit or its location wasn’t disclosed. A little…


Minju Joson criticizes U.S. spy satellite launch

North Korea’s Minju Joson newspaper on Saturday criticized the recent launch of a new spy satellite by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, according to a report on the state-run Korea Central News Agency. The classified satellite, called NROL-65, was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in…


DPRK registers satellite with UN

The DPRK has submitted registration papers for the recently launched Kwangmyongsong 3-2 satellite to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The papers were dated January 24 but were only made available this week by the Vienna-based organization. They were submitted by the DPRK’s…


Caught on video: North Korea’s satellite

North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite, launched on December 12 but apparently silent ever since, has been captured on video by a South African satellite watcher. [UPDATED: See below] Greg Roberts posted several video clips on YouTube that show reflections of light from the sides the satellite…


Tracking North Korea’s satellite

It’s been a few days since North Korea put a satellite into space — a massive technological step for the country and something widely condemned by other countries — but we’re still not much closer to knowing anything about what’s up in space. It only…


Voice of Korea on rocket launch

North Korea’s international radio broadcaster, the Voice of Korea, carried two items in English on Wednesday announcing the rocket launch. The first led the news bulletin and was just over two minutes long: [audio:http://www.northkoreatech.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/121212-vok-launch_01.mp3] The second, announced over a musical bed, was about 3 minutes…


US Space Command tracking three objects from DPRK launch

U.S. Space Command is tracking three objects in orbit that apparently came from today’s North Korean rocket launch. The primary object is thought to be the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite. It’s been given the satellite catalog number 39026 and the international designator 12-072A — both identifications that…