Democratic Korea prepares satellite launch, international media views launch site
An April 8 report by the Korea Central News Agency states that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) brought together representatives of the international media, along with experts on space science and technology, to visit the Sohae Satellite Launching Station.
The report says, “Scientists and technicians of the DPRK are set to launch Kwangmyongsong-3, the earth observation satellite, manufactured by their own efforts and with indigenous technology in the wake of its successful launch of two experimental satellites pursuant to the DPRK government's policy on space development and peaceful use. This is an inspiring deed and an event of historic significance of the nation as it demonstrates the leaping development of space science and technology of the country.”
The report says the visitors to the launching site were “briefed on the mission and performance of the polar-orbiting earth observation satellite: It will gather necessary information on the distribution of forestry resources in the country, severity of natural disasters, crop estimate, weather forecast and survey of natural resources during polar orbit.”