Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2

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Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2
Mission typeCommunication/Technology
OperatorKCST
Mission durationFailed to orbit
Start of mission
Launch dateApril 5, 2009, 02:20:00 (2009-04-05UTC02:20Z) UTC
RocketUnha-2
Launch siteTonghae
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee490 kilometres (300 mi)
Apogee1,426 kilometres (886 mi)
Inclination40.6 degrees
Period104.2 minutes
EpochClaimed
 
Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2
Chosŏn'gŭl
광명성 2호
Hancha
光明星 2號
Revised RomanizationGwangmyeongseong-2
McCune–ReischauerKwangmyŏngsŏng-2

Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 (Hangul: 광명성 2호, Hanja: 光明星 2號, meaning Bright Star-2) is, according to its estimated trajectory, a North Korean satellite, although it was suggested that it might be an intercontinental ballistic missile. According to the South Korean government, North Korea launched the rocket around 11:30 a.m. (0230GMT) Sunday 5 April 2009 from the coastal Musudan-ri launch pad in northeastern North Korea.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "North Korea fires long-range rocket: reports". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2009-04-05.