North Korea claims new test of spy satellite component

3/6/2022 8:45:00 AM

Pyongyang reportedly tested the spy satellite’s data transmission and reception system, as well as its ground-based control systems.

North Korea performs data transmission and other key tests needed to develop a spy satellite, state media says, in the second such tests in about a week

Pyongyang reportedly tested the spy satellite’s data transmission and reception system, as well as its ground-based control systems.

North Korea conducts ‘significant’ test for developing spy satellite 'Coping with US hostility' The moves come as North Korea has been carrying out a spate of ballistic missile launches in what experts call an attempt to add new weapons systems to its arsenal.N.11:36PM ET Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters North Korea reportedly test-fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea off the country’s east coast just five days before South Korean voters are set to elect a new president, according to Reuters.By Josh Smith 2 minute read People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on North Korea's firing a ballistic missile off its east coast, in Seoul, South Korea, March 5, 2022.

Experts also interpret the launches as a means to pressure the United States into making concessions amid stalled diplomacy.North Korea said it tested a camera designed to be placed on a reconnaissance satellite and released space-based photos of Earth last Monday, a day after its rivals said it conducted a ballistic missile launch.(AFP Archive) North Korea has fired a ballistic missile toward the sea to the east of the Korean peninsula, an apparent test just days before the South's presidential election.A reconnaissance satellite is among a long wish-list of new weapons systems that Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to introduce to cope with what he calls US hostility..To operate a spy satellite, North Korea must launch a long-range rocket to put it into orbit.The launch was the ninth this year.The United Nations bans such a launch because it is considered as a cover for testing long-range missile technology.North Korea's National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) and the Academy of Defence Science conducted the launch "under the plan of developing a reconnaissance satellite," KCNA reported.

It’s unclear if North Korea has developed a sufficiently capable camera to be installed on a spy satellite, as the satellite photos the country released last Monday didn’t include high-resolution imagery.The South Korean military said Saturday's launch came from a location near Sunan, where Pyongyang's international airport is located.“The significant pace at which North Korea is developing its missile-launching technology is not something our country and the surrounding regions can overlook.North Korea put its first and second Earth observation satellites into orbit in 2012 and 2016.Those launches are believed to have contributed to a missile development program.South Korea's National Security Council (NSC) condemned North Korea's "unprecedented repeated firing of ballistic missiles", which goes against peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the international community, according to a statement from the presidential Blue House.READ MORE:.

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