38 North: Continued Improvement at N. Korean Launch Site

Write : 2016-10-18 09:17:38 Update : 2016-10-18 09:39:39

38 North: Continued Improvement at N. Korean Launch Site

A U.S. Web site dedicated to analyzing clandestine activities in North Korea said on Monday that it is observing “continued infrastructure improvements” at the North's main rocket launch site.

In an article posted on 38 North, chief analytics officer for AllSource Analysis Joseph Bermudez analyzed imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in North Pyongan Province captured by commercial satellites on October first and the eighth.

Bermudez said two “small instrumentation structures” have been built on either side of the engine test stand since September. He said they are presumed to be equipment "for cameras to record details of engine tests but other instruments could also be placed within them."

He added that a few small vehicles, equipment or trailers remain near the fuel and oxidizer bunkers, but no additional activity is observed at the launch pad.

He predicted it is unlikely the North will conduct a space launch in the near future, citing a lack of activities associated with an impending rocket launch, such as "the presence of cranes on the launch pad or activity at the VIP observation building.”

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