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The North Korean Telstar-like Satellite that never reached orbit.

August 31

1998 - Kwangmyŏngsŏng (meaning Bright Star or Brilliant Star in Korean) is a class of experimental satellite developed by North Korea and named after a Chinese-language poem by Kim Il-sung. It apparently launched at 3:07 UTC from a launch site in Musudan-ri, Hwadae-gun, North Hamgyong Province by a Paektusan-1 satellite launch vehicle (SLV). This launch would have made North Korea the ninth space-faring nation, after the Soviet Union, the United States, France, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, India and Israel. However, the US Space Command, NORAD and amateur radio satellite observers never reported any signals. Although the North Koreans claimed that this was a successful orbital launch there is no evidence that anything actually reached orbit.
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