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Mission type Communication/Technology
Operator KCST
Mission duration Failed to orbit
Start of mission
Launch date April 5, 2009, 02:20:00 (2009-04-05UTC02:20Z) UTC
Rocket Unha-2
Launch site Tonghae
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 490 kilometres (300 mi)
Apogee 1,426 kilometres (886 mi)
Inclination 40.6 degrees
Period 104.2 minutes
Epoch Claimed
Chosŏn'gŭl 광명성 2호
Hancha 光明星 2號
Revised Romanization Gwangmyeongseong-2
McCune–Reischauer Kwangmyŏngsŏng-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]

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