North Korea: The most secret country in space

  • Brian Harvey
  • Henk H. F. Smid
  • Théo Pirard
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


On 31st August 1998, the Communist regime of Pyongyang achieved its first success in space: but did it really happen? The launch into low orbit of the Kwangmyong-song-1 “musical satellite” using the Taepodong-1 medium-range missile in a three-stage version was officially announced four days later. However, the spacecraft tracking network in US Space Command was unable to confirm the presence of the North Korean microsatellite around the Earth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Harvey
    • 1
  • Henk H. F. Smid
    • 2
  • Théo Pirard
    • 3
  1. 1.Dublin 6WIreland
  2. 2.RIBS SC&I/DB&CBredaThe Netherland
  3. 3.PepisterBelgium

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