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North Korea Plans to Launch More Reconnaissance Satellites

© Photo : Korean Central News AgencyImage taken from camera aboard North Korean rocket conducting satellite test.
Image taken from camera aboard North Korean rocket conducting satellite test. - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.04.2024
North Korea launched its space program in the 1970s and began construction of its first spaceport in the 1980s.
North Korea is developing new space technologies and plans to launch several reconnaissance satellites this year, said deputy head of the National Aerospace Technology Administration Pak Kyong Su.
The space agency official added that the aerospace industry is crucial for the DPRK in terms of geopolitical standing and economic development. Pyongyang plans to use satellites in agriculture and disaster prevention, as well as for military purposes such as keeping an eye on the activities of North Korea's adversaries, including the US, Japan and South Korea.
The General Bureau of Aerospace Engineering of the DPRK successfully launched the Manrigyong-1 reconnaissance satellite at 22 hours, 42 minutes and 28 seconds on November 21, 112 Juche (2023) using a new type of Chollima-1 carrier rocket from Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.11.2023
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"The successful launch of the reconnaissance satellite Malligyong-1 last year has brought about substantial progress in national defense capabilities and several launches are expected for this year as well," he said.
The Malligyong-1 reconnaissance satellite was launched in November 2023 and sent photos of the US White House, Pentagon and other military objects as part of a test.

In early September 2023, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was warmly welcomed by Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Cosmodrome - a Russian spaceport in the Far East. Kim praised Russia's role in taming space and showed interest in Russia's cutting-edge technologies.

"The glory of Russia as the country of the first space conquerors will never fade," he wrote in the book for honored visitors.

When journalists asked Putin whether Russia would help North Korea with satellite technologies, the Russian president replied that space cooperation was the very reason he and his counterpart had come to Vostochny Cosmodrome.
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