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Kwangmyongsong 1

Paektusan 1

Korean Committee of Space Technology

Launch Status


Kwangmyongsong 1

Type: Test Flight

Thir first attempt to launch a North Korean satellite ended in vain, as the third stage of the Pekdosan-1 (a.k.a. Taepodong-1) launch vehicle failed shortly before it reached orbital velocity. Kwangmyŏngsŏng 1 would have beamed propaganda songs from space, if it had reached a stable orbit.


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Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground

2 rockets have launched from Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground.

Unknown Pad, Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground


Paektusan 1 – Korean Committee of Space Technology

  • Length: 25.8 m
  • Diameter: 1.8 m
  • Launch Mass: 33 T

The Paektusan 1 was manufactured by Korean Committee of Space Technology with the first launch on 1998-08-31. Paektusan 1 has 0 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 1 launches. Taepodong-1 was a three-stage technology demonstrator developed by North Korea, a development step toward an intermediate-range ballistic missile. The missile was derived originally from the Scud rocket and was tested once in 1998 as a space launch vehicle. As a space launch vehicle, it was sometimes called the Paektusan 1.


Korean Committee of Space Technology – KCST

  • Type: Government
  • Abbreviation: KCST
  • Country: PRK
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