Backgrounder: DPRK satellite launch review
BEIJING, Apr 13, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
An earth observation satellite
launched Friday by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
(DPRK) failed to enter orbit, the official KCNA news agency
The Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite was launched at the Sohae
Satellite Launching Station in Cholsan County, North Phyongan
Province, at 07:38 a.m. local time (2238 GMT Thursday), the KCNA
The DPRK has been working on launching satellites into outer
space with carrier rockets since the 1980s and Friday's launch was
its third try.
On August 31, 1998, the DPRK announced that it had successfully
launched and orbited its Kwangmyongsong-1 satellite from the
Musudan-ri launch site in north Hamgyong Province.
The United States and South Korea later confirmed the launch
but claimed the satellite failed to enter orbit.
On April 5, 2009, Pyongyang said it put Kwangmyongsong-2, an
experimental communications satellite, into orbit with a
three-stage Unha-2 rocket.
The South Korean defense ministry said that same day that the
satellite failed to enter its intended orbit, while the U.S.
military alleged that the DPRK had launched a rocket that crashed
into the sea.
However, Russia confirmed that the DPRK launched a low
earth-orbit satellite that day.
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