2017 Mar 24
Friday, Day 83
Kwangmyongsong 4 Launch Announcement
When North Korea was certain that Kwangmyongsong 4 had reached orbit, the following formal statement was issued.
Scientists and technicians of the DPRK National Aerospace Development Administration succeeded in putting the newly developed earth observation satellite Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 into its orbit according to the 2016 plan of the 5-year program for national aerospace development.
Carrier rocket Kwangmyŏngsŏng blasted off from the Sohae Space Center in Ch’o’lsan County, North Pyongan Province at 09:00 on February 7, Juche 105 (2016). The satellite entered its preset orbit at 09:09:46, 9 minutes and 46 seconds after the lift-off.
The satellite is going round the polar orbit at 494.6 km perigee altitude and 500 km apogee altitude at the angle of inclination of 97.4 degrees. Its cycle is 94 minutes and 24 seconds.
Installed in Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 are measuring apparatuses and telecommunications apparatuses needed for observing the earth.
The complete success made in the Kwangmyŏngsŏng lift-off is the proud fruition of the great Workers’ Party of Korea’s policy on attaching importance to science and technology and an epochal event in developing the country’s science, technology, economy and defense capability by legitimately exercising the right to use space for independent and peaceful purposes.
The fascinating vapor of the satellite trailing in the clear and blue sky in spring of February on the threshold of the Day of the Shining Star, the greatest national holiday of Kim Il Sung‘s (Kim Il-so’ng) Korea, is a gift of most intense loyalty presented by our space scientists and technicians to the great Comrade Kim Jong Un, our dignified party, state and people.
The National Aerospace Development Administration of the DPRK will in the future, too, launch more satellites into the space, true to the great Workers’ Party of Korea’s policy of attaching importance to science and technology.
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