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Unha
North Korean intermediate range ballistic missile family.



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Unha-1 North Korean intermediate range ballistic missile. Two-stage ballistic missile. First stage is 18 m long, second is 14 m long.

Unha-3 North Korean satellite launch vehicle consisted of the Taepodong 2 IRBM with a third stage.

Country: Korea North. Spacecraft: Kwangmyongsong.

2006 July 4 - . 20:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: Unha. Launch Vehicle: Unha-1. FAILURE: Failure.
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..

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.

  • Fajr - . Nation: Iran. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Payload of the failed launch was a 50 kg satellite built by Iran Electronics Industry, with an imaging sensor and a small thruster..

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.


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.



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