April 01, 2023

10 years after pivotal launch, North Korea’s space odyssey is just beginning

DPRK’s space program is linked to military and could focus more on cyber and electronic warfare in future, experts say

Ten years ago this week, a tall white rocket bearing the North Korean flag roared to life on a launch pad on the northwestern coast, soaring upward in the DPRK’s first successful attempt to place a satellite into orbit.

The fact that a malfunction appeared to cause the Kwangmyongsong-3-2 to tumble in its orbit made little difference to Pyongyang’s propagandists, who have elevated the launch into a triumphant achievement of Kim Jong Un’s leadership, “an event that put the space science and technology of the country on a world level.”