Satellite launch successful: North Korea

April 5th, 2009 - 3:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Pyongyang, April 5 (Xinhua) North Korea Sunday successfully launched a long-range rocket mounted with a communications satellite, the official KCNA news agency said.
The ‘Kwangmyongsong-2′ satellite was sent into the orbit at 11.29.02 a.m. local time, by an ‘Unha-2′ rocket fired from the East Sea Launch Ground, located on the east coast of North Korea, the report said.

The satellite entered the orbit with “perigee 490 km, apogee 1426 km, dip 40.6 degree”, the report said, adding that its revolution period was 104 minutes and 12 seconds.

Japan, South Korea and Washington believe the launch was a screen to test a ballistic missile.

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