Satellite launch imminent
September 23, 2015
This is North Korea's newly opened satellite control center.
CNN had been given an exclusive interview with the senior officials who run it, though the front door is as close as we're permitted to get.
Two senior directors of the National Aeronautical Development Association (NADA) tell us a launch is "imminent" and final preparations are underway to send rockets and "multiple satellites" into space.
Some international observers have speculated the satellite control center is actually a military facility, but its appearance, at least on the surface, suggests otherwise.
We're greeted by two of the program's top scientists dressed in smart, newly designed uniforms, a row of brass buttons down the front of their jackets, and a smart military cap.
Hyon Gwang Il is the director of scientific development at NADA, and Kim Gun Song is in charge of the Satellite Control Center.
We scientists here are working ... to develop in the shortest possible time, multi-functional, highly reliable Earth observation satellites.
They invite two other scientists to join the conversation.
▲ N. Korea gives CNN rare look at satellite center: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=0jKm-5qJIME
North Korea clears Sohae launchpad ahead of possible October launch
30 September 2015
Airbus Defence and Space imagery taken on 17 and 21 September show that the launch pad has been cleared of all construction materials, potentially for a Unha-3 launch to coincide with the 10 October celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Korean Worker's Party.
Between 27 August and 6 September a new large stage transporter was moved to the far end of the launch pad, 135 m from the gantry tower.
North Korea freight train en route to launch pad
A freight train has begun moving in the direction of North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Tongchang-ri, North Pyongan province.
The train, headed for North Korea's rocket launch pad was first spotted on Thursday, an unidentified source told Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Yonhap reported the contents of the freight train were unknown, but it was unlikely given the timing of transportation and the assembly required, a rocket launch could take place prior to Oct. 10, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party.
The confirmed train movement is the latest sign of activity since early September, when North Korea said that it plans to launch satellites. Since the announcement, the station where the rocket would be placed has shown little to no sign of activity.
The Asahi reported that while freight train movement was confirmed, the activity could be a decoy.
N. Korea set for military parade for party anniversary, instead of rocket launch
North Korea has reportedly ordered "the biggest-ever" military parade for this year's anniversary.
The military is also weighing the possibility of North Korea unveiling a new type of rocket.
Given that preparations for a rocket launch, such as fuel injection, usually take seven to 10 days, experts said it would be difficult for North Korea to launch a rocket before the anniversary.
Launch possible within a week
02:56 28 January 2016
North Korea may be readying to fire a rocket from its northwestern launch site, a Japanese government source said Wednesday, citing satellite imagery analyses conducted over the past several days and cautioning that the launch could occur in about a week at the earliest.
North Korea has yet to declare no-sail zone
29 Jan, 2016
Pyongyang may be preparing for no less than a space launch, US officials told the media, citing recently obtained satellite imagery of a site around the Sohae Satellite Launching Station and it may come sooner than later.
Recent movement of components and propellant could indicate that North Korea is considering a rocket launch in the near future, unnamed US officials told Reuters.
"The indications are that they are preparing for some kind of launch Could be for a satellite or a space vehicle there are a lot of guesses," the official said. "North Korea does this periodically they move things back and forth... There's nothing to indicate it is ballistic-missile related."
Iran's space agency already announced it would launch its own version of the Unha called Safir-2 or Simorgh on the same day, on February 3rd. Coincidence? I think not!
Edited by Soheil, Yesterday, 10:37 AM.