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Country: Korea North. Engines: Nodong, Shaheen-2, TD-2. Spacecraft: Kwangmyongsong. Launch Vehicles: R-11, Nodong 1, Hwasong 7, Paektusan 1, Unha-1, Hwasong 5, Hwasong 6. Launch Sites: Nampo, Sukchon, Gitdaeryung, Chiha-ri, Musudan, Tongchang-ri. Stages: Hwasong 5 stage, Nodong 1 stage, Taepodong 1-1, Ghauri stage, Shahab 3 stage, Taepodong 1-2, Hwasong 6 stage, Shaheen 2-2, Taepodong 2-1, Taepo Dong 2-2, Taepodong 1-3. Agency: KP, SYMC, CMIK, Choson, Korean Peoples Army.

1984 April 1 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 5.
1984 September 1 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 5.
1984 September 1 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 5.
1990 May 1 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Korea North. Agency: CMIK. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1990 June 1 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1991 July 1 - . Launch Site: Chiha-ri. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1992 June 1 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1. FAILURE: Failure.
1992 July 1 - . Launch Pad: Unreported location in Syria. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1993 May 29 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1993 May 29 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Korea North. Agency: CMIK. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1993 May 29 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1993 May 30 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1998 August 31 - . 03:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: Nodong 1. Launch Vehicle: Paektusan 1. FAILURE: Third stage failure.. Failed Stage: 3.
  • Kwangmyongsong 1 - . Nation: Korea North. Agency: Choson. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: Kwangmyongsong.

    North Korea reported the launch of its first satellite on the first of September. This announcement was followed on September 14 by the release of a photograph of the satellite and the claim that the satellite had completed its 100th orbit of the earth between 08:24 and 11:17 local time (2017 GMT) on September 13. Video of the launch, the satellite, and an animation of the satellite in orbit around the earth were distributed to foreign news agencies the following weekend. The satellite appeared almost identical to the first Chinese test satellite (which itself appeared almost identical to the US Telstar).

    Despite these claims no foreign observer ever detected the satellite visually, by radar, or picked up its radio signals. The Pentagon at first claimed it was an ICBM launch, and that the satellite story was just a cover for the test. However on further analysis of the data collected on the launch they admitted nearly a month later that there had been some a satellite launch attempt. What seems to have happened is that the third stage either failed and fell into the Pacific or misfired and put the satellite into a low orbit where it decayed very quickly before it could be detected by foreign observers. Additional Details: here....


2006 July 4 - . 18:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
2006 July 4 - . 19:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
2006 July 4 - . 20:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: Unha. Launch Vehicle: Unha-1. FAILURE: Failure.
2006 July 4 - . 22:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • North Korean missile test - . Nation: Korea North. Agency: CMIK. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2006 July 4 - . 22:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
2006 July 4 - . 22:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
2006 July 5 - . 08:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
2009 April 5 - . 02:30 GMT - . LV Family: Unha. Launch Vehicle: Unha-2. FAILURE: Third stage failure..
  • Kwangmyongsong 2 - . Nation: Korea North. Agency: Choson. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Second North Korean satellite launch attempt. Fell in Pacific..

2009 July 4 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
  • Nation: Korea North. Agency: KP. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). 1 of 7?.

2009 July 4 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
2012 April 12 - . 22:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Tongchang-ri. LV Family: Unha. Launch Vehicle: Unha-3. FAILURE: Failed at second stage separation..
  • Kwangmyongsong-3 - . Mass: 100 kg (220 lb). Nation: Korea North. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Kwangmyongsong.

    Third North Korean satellite launch attempt, conducted despite international protests (that attempted to connect it with the country's missile program). Launched from a new site on the west coast of Korea on a southwest trajectory, to achieve a polar orbit and also avoid overflying Japan. Failed at first stage separation. Unusually North Korea provided the western press access to the launch site prior to the attempt, and admitted the launch failure after the fact.


2012 December 12 - . 00:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Tongchang-ri. LV Family: Unha. Launch Vehicle: Unha-3.
  • Kwangmyongsong-3F2 - . Mass: 100 kg (220 lb). Nation: Korea North. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Kwangmyongsong. USAF Sat Cat: 39026 . COSPAR: 2012-072A. Apogee: 581 km (361 mi). Perigee: 498 km (309 mi). Inclination: 97.4000 deg. Period: 95.40 min.

    First successful North Korean satellite launch. Amateur observations showed the satellite to be tumbling, and no signals were picked up at the announced 470 MHZ frequency - it was assumed the spacecraft never functioned or failed shortly after orbital insertion.


2014 February 27 - . 08:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 5.
  • Hwasong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi). Military training.

2014 February 27 - . 08:42 GMT - . LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 5.
  • Hwasong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Military training.

2014 February 27 - . 08:42 GMT - . LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 5.
  • Hwasong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Military training.

2014 February 27 - . 08:42 GMT - . LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 5.
  • Hwasong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Military training.

2014 March 2 - . 21:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • Hwasong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Military training.

2014 March 2 - . 21:19 GMT - . LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • Hwasong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Military training.

2014 March 25 - . 17:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Sukchon. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
  • Nodong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Missile test.

2014 March 25 - . 17:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Sukchon. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
  • Nodong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Missile test.

2014 June 29 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
2014 June 29 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
2014 July 12 - . 16:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Chiha-ri. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
2014 July 12 - . 16:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Chiha-ri. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
2014 July 12 - . 16:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Chiha-ri. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • Hwasong 6 RV? - . Nation: Korea North. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Test flight..

2014 July 12 - . 16:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Chiha-ri. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • Hwasong 6 RV? - . Nation: Korea North. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Test flight..

2015 March 1 - . 21:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Nampo. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Apogee: 134 km (83 mi). Test flight..

2015 March 1 - . 21:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Nampo. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Apogee: 134 km (83 mi). Test flight..

2016 February 7 - . 00:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Sohae. LV Family: Unha. Launch Vehicle: Unha-3.
  • Kwangmyongsong-4 - . Nation: Korea North. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Kwangmyongsong. USAF Sat Cat: 41332 . COSPAR: 2016-009A. Apogee: 501 km (311 mi). Perigee: 465 km (288 mi). Inclination: 97.5000 deg.

    North Korea's National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA, Kukga uju gaebalkuk) carried out its second successful satellite launch . The satellite, Kwangmyongsong-4, entered a 500 km polar orbit like the KMS-3-2 satellite launched in 2012. It appears both satellite and launch vehicle are very similar to the 2012 mission. The launch vehicle this time carried the name 'Kwangmyongsong' but appeared to be essentially identical to the Unha-3 launched in 2012. As of Feb 17, hobbyist observers had not picked up any radio signals from it. 0840LT SSO.


2016 March 9 - . 20:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Chiha-ri. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • Hwasong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..
  • Hwasong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..

2016 March 17 - . 20:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Sukchon. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
  • Nodong RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..

2016 June 21 - . 20:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-27. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 10.
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 1,414 km (878 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..

2016 July 18 - . 20:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Eunyul. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..

2016 August 2 - . 22:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Eunyul. LV Family: Scud. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 7.
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..

2016 August 23 - . 20:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Sinpo. Launch Platform: Sub. Launch Vehicle: Bukguekseong.
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..

2016 September 5 - . 03:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Hwangju. LV Family: Scud. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 7.
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..

2017 February 11 - . 22:55 GMT - . Launch Site: North Pyongan. Launch Vehicle: Bukguekseong.
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi). North Korea flew a land-based variant of their solid-propellant Bukgueksong submarine missile. Impacted in Sea of Japan..

2017 March 5 - . 22:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Sohae. LV Family: Scud. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 7.
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..

2017 April 4 - . 21:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Sinpo. LV Family: Scud. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 7.
  • RV - . Nation: Korea North. Type: Test. Apogee: 189 km (117 mi). Test mission. Impacted in Sea of Japan..


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