Soon the North Korea will launch a satellite from the new base in Pyongyang built – as the CNN reporter who had access to the site says – in the form of Enterprise. North Korean scientists explain that this base is not created to produce missile armament but to help the scientific development of the country.
The new North Korean space station that recently opened in Pyongyang looks like the famous Enterprise, the ship of the American TV series Star Trek. CNN was allowed to enter inside the base and reported that there is an imminent launch of a North Korean launch vehicle to put into orbit a satellite. This type of operation is usually considered by Western intelligence agencies as part of Pyongyang’s weapons program. But this time the leaders of the space program explain that it does not.
CNN interviewed the leaders of the General Satellite Control Center of Nada, the space agency of North Korea. The futuristic structure was the subject of a visit of the supreme leader Kim Jong-Un who has instructed scientists to develop multi–functional, highly reliable Earth observation satellites soon as possible. “We are trying to show the world what we are and that we are creative both as patriots and as scientists,” said Gwang Hyon-il, head of the scientific programs of Nada.
Gwang Hyon-II has also explained that, in the center, they are making a lot of progress with regard to the launch pad and the control system of the satellites themselves. Scientists say they have almost finished almost all the operations. They announced that the next launches will be executed soon. The news comes after the failure of 2012 when the satellite Kwanmyongsong 3-2 ended up in the wrong orbit and became space junk. “The satellites that will be launched soon are for the observation of the Earth. We believe that these satellites will be of benefit to the national economy and improve the living standards of the people,” said Kim Song-Gun, the center’s director.
The next launch could take place on October 10, the national holiday that commemorates the founding of the Korean Workers’ Party. But scientists point out that subsequent launches will not necessarily take place in the days of the festivities. Also they exclude the link between space launches and periodic threats of their country to unleash a nuclear war with the United States. “Our space program, especially the satellite launches, should not be seen as a diplomatic weapon,” said Hyon. “If anything,” said Kim Jong-Un, “it is the United States with their economic wealth and the ability to exploit space for military purposes the real threat”.