North Korea tests new missile
Q. North Korea has conducted a new test of a high thrust rocket engine at which site?- Published on 20 Mar 17
North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space programme.
Kim attended the test at Sohae launch site. The test was intended to confirm a new type engine thrust power and gauge the reliability of the control system and structural safety.
The test has great significance for the country's indigenous rocket industry.
The report indicated the engine is to be used for North Korea's space and satellite launching programme.
North Korea is banned from conducting long-range missile tests by the UN.
Under the 5 year plan, North Korea intends to launch more earth observation satellites in what would be the country's first geostationary communication's satellite.
North Korea is trying to create a viable space programme including a moon launch within the next ten years.
North Korea launched its latest satellite Kwangmyongsong 4, or Brilliant Star 4 into orbit on Feb 7, 2016 after conducting the first hydrogen-bomb test.
The first satellite in orbit was put in 2012.