Despite second launch failure, North Korea takes step toward spy satellite goals
DPRK is rapidly iterating on military spy satellite and launch vehicle, which flew farther than during first test in May
North Korea’s second attempt to launch and insert the Malligyong-1 military reconnaissance satellite into low Earth orbit ended in failure on Thursday. But the Chollima-1 launch vehicle achieved greater success than during the first launch attempt in May.
Critically, instead of failure at apparent second-stage separation, the three-stage launch vehicle performed successfully until a failure associated with the third stage of flight.
According to a North Korean state media report released shortly after the failure, the DPRK’s National Aerospace Development Administration assessed that “the flights of the first and second stages of the
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