North Korea seeks to eliminate blind spots with satellite eyes in the sky
Improving situational awareness would help DPRK strike targets in conflict but could also have a stabilizing effect
North Korea’s National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) carried out what state media described as an “important final-stage test” for the development of a military reconnaissance satellite on Sunday. Perhaps not coincidentally, the test took place 10 years to the week that NADA successfully launched the Unha-3 space launch vehicle back in 2012.
The latest test underscores how far Pyongyang’s space ambitions have come and foreshadows what is likely to be a prominent space launch — or series of launches — in the coming years.
Developing a military reconnaissance satellite was one of the many military modernization goals
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