Over the July 4 US holiday, we did a quick summary of the North Korean Taepodong missile. While we wrote that experts considered a test launch to be imminent, little did we know that within hours of our posting, several test firings would take place.
Following is a thumbnail of our high-resolution IKONOS image of the facility, taken at 82-cm resolution. The thumbnail links to the large version of the image, in which you can distinctly see the following:
Taepodong-2 launching pad
Mission control building
Missile assembly and checkout building
As of this writing, North Korea has launched a total of seven test missiles – with varying success. According to reports, all missiles fell into the Sea of Japan.
While the measured success of the missiles varied, they did succeed in igniting fierce discussion among major powers within the region, as well as the United States, whose borders fall within estimates of the Taepodong-2′s flight range. Japan, China, Russia, and the US each have had varying responses to the tests, and an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Counsel was called on Wednesday in reaction to the events.
About the image: Satellite Imaging Corporation featured image of Taepodong was captured by the GeoEye IKONOS Satellite Sensor. The IKONOS Satellite is capable of .82-meter resolution at nadir, and its high-resolution data makes an integral contribution to homeland security, coastal monitoring and facilitates 3D Terrain analysis. See additional IKONOS images – as well as images from other high-res satellites – in the SIC Satellite Images gallery.