April 24, 2024

Photos show new North Korean space rocket likely used ballistic missile engine

State media releases two images showing Chollima-1 rocket taking off from new launchpad before eventual failure

North Korea has released two images of its failed attempt to put a military reconnaissance satellite into orbit on Wednesday, revealing that the new "Chollima-1" rocket was fitted with what appears to be an engine type also used in the country’s long-range missiles.

The photos published Thursday show a white rocket with a large fairing lifting off from a fixed erecting arm on a new coastal launchpad at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in the northwest of the country. NK News was first to analyze that the new launchpad — previously identified by other analysts — was used in Wednesday’s launch based on satellite imagery. 

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