North Korea Launches long-range Rocket

(URGENT) N. Korea fires off long-range rocket

Update 3 – NHK is reporting that the DPRK (North Korea) Rocket has fallen into the sea off the Philippines and did not make orbit

Update- The Japanese government says North Korea test-fired a long-range ballistic missile on Wednesday morning. The government has sent warnings through its alert network to municipalities across the country. (Source: NHK)

via NHK WORLD English.

Update – SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) — North Korea fired off a long-range rocket on Wednesday, a Seoul military official said, despite international pressure over the plan seen as a test for ballistic missile technology.

The move comes just two days after Pyongyang announced on Monday that it was extending the 13-day launch window by one week until Dec. 29 to fix a “technical deficiency” in the rocket’s first-stage control engine module. (Source Yonhap)

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) — North Korea fired off a long-range rocket at 9:51 a.m. on Wednesday from the launch site in the nation’s northwestern region, Seoul military officials said. – Yonhap

dprk_rocketUpdate 1: NK rocket launched at 9:51 a.m.: Seoul official

DPRK seems to be disassembling long-range rocket: YTN – Xinhua

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) — Satellite images show the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) seems to be disassembling a long- range rocket it was planning to put a satellite into orbit, local broadcaster YTN reported Tuesday.

South Korean and U.S. forces are currently analyzing satellite images, an unspecified government source told YTN, adding the DPRK might be trying to reassemble the three-stage rocket to fix technical problems or have scrapped its launch plan for now.

The news came after the DPRK announced it will extend the launch window by another week until Dec. 29 due to a “technical deficiency” in a rocket engine module.


DPRK to Extend Satellite Launch Period

  Pyongyang, December 10 (KCNA) — The spokesman for the Korean Committee of Space Technology Monday released the following statement:
As already reported, scientists and technicians of the DPRK are pushing forward the preparations for the launch of the second version of Kwangmyongsong-3, a scientific and technological satellite, at a final phase.

They, however, found technical deficiency in the first-stage control engine module of the rocket carrying the satellite and decided to extend the satellite launch period up to Dec. 29.

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