Report: Probable North Korea Long-Range Rocket Engine Test

Posted September 23, 2013 at 4:32pm

38North.org, a program run by Johns Hopkins’ U.S.-Korea Institute, reports that “new commercial satellite imagery indicates North Korea probably tested a long-range rocket engine between August 25 and 30, 2013 at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. This conclusion is based on analysis of imagery from before and after the probable test and a combination of indicators including the presence of a probable rocket stage, a crane necessary to mount and remove the rocket engine and propellant tanks on the test stand, instrumentation used to monitor tests as well as changes in the appearance of vegetation in front of the flame trench (from green to brown) and inside the flame trench located at the stand.”