North Korea has notified Japan of its plan to launch a rocket carrying a space satellite between Nov. 22 and Dec. 1 in the direction of the Yellow Sea and East China Sea, according to Japan’s Coast Guard. This launch would be North Korea’s third attempt this year to put a spy satellite into orbit.
North Korea’s previous attempts to place their first spy satellite into orbit failed. After the last attempt in August, North Korean scientists announced their plans to try again in October. If successful, this launch would be the first since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s visit to Russia’s space launch center in September, during which President Vladimir Putin offered assistance in satellite building.
North Korea has expressed its intention to deploy a military spy satellite to monitor the movements of U.S. and South Korean troops. However, the previous launch on May 31 ended with the satellite plunging into the sea due to engine and fuel system instability.
The country’s last attempted mission on August 24 also failed due to issues with the rocket booster’s third stage. Despite these setbacks, North Korea remains determined to pursue its goals of satellite development.
The upcoming rocket launch raises concerns and adds to the already tense situation between North Korea and the international community. Japan and other countries will closely monitor the situation and assess any potential risks or violations.
Without additional information, it’s unclear whether North Korea’s rocket launch will be successful in fulfilling their goal of placing a spy satellite into orbit. However, it is evident that they are making persistent efforts to advance their capabilities in space technology.