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Rocket fuelling could have begun at Sohae

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Satellite images taken this week of North Korea’s Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity that has been seen in the past one to two weeks before a rocket launch, a U.S. think tank said on Friday. North…


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…


US would be OK with a North Korean satellite, but not a launch

The U.S. government says it doesn’t have a problem with North Korean satellites in space, just as long as they aren’t launched on North Korean rockets. That distinction could be important in coming months as North Korea moves towards attempting to put a second satellite into space….


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…


NORAD says object ‘appeared to achieve orbit’

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, says it tracked the North Korean rocket launch and that it appears to have placed an object in orbit. Here’s the statement, issued out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, NORAD said: North American Aerospace…


North Korean media claims launch success

North Korea’s state media has claimed success in its attempt to put a satellite in orbit. Here’s the KCNA bulletin that ran just after noon local time: The second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North…


North Korea launches rocket

So much for delays, technical problems and bad weather. (And so much for satellite imagery analysis!) North Korea launched its rocket on Wednesday morning local time at a little before 10am in the morning, according to reports from regional governments. The missile was launched from…



DPRK’s satellite launch might be delayed

A week after North Korea signaled the world that it planned to attempt a second rocket launch this year, the country has signaled it may delay that launch. The news came in a statement from the Korean Committee of Space Technology that was carried on Sunday by…