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U’nha-3 Launch Window’s Sash Widened to 29 December

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DPRK state media announced on 10 December (Monday) an seven-day extension to the U’nha-3’s launch period.  According to KCNA the Korean Committee for Space Technology [KCST] “decided to extend the satellite launch period up to Dec. 29.”  According to KCNA, the KCST said that although “scientists and technicians of the DPRK are pushing forward the preparations for the launch of the second version of Kwangmyo’ngso’ng-3, a scientific and technological satellite,” they had  “found technical deficiency in the first-stage control engine module of the rocket carrying the satellite.”  According to a 10 December report in Yonhap an unnamed South Korean (ROK) government official said that “the North had not remove a camouflage net covering the rocket” and reported that the “latest satellite images show that North Korea had moved a new rocket component to the launch site over the weekend, which is seen as the engine module for the first stage rocket.”

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