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China conducts first sea-based space rocket launch

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

The Asian giant now spends more than Russia and Japan on its civil and military space programs – unveiling ambitious plans for missions to the moon and beyond in the coming decade

LONG MARCH. Mockups of the New Generation Launch Vehicles of Long March Family are on display during the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. Image via Shutterstock

North Korea says it tested rocket launchers

May 05, 2019 - 8:30 AM

This comes a day after Pyongyang appeared to have launched its first short-range missile in more than a year

US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. Saul LOEB / AFP

North Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Satellite analysis now indicates increased activity at two key sites – the Samundong missile research facility and the Sohae rocket launch center

NORTH KOREA. A general view shows Kim Il-sung square and the Pyongyang city skyline on March 9, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

WATCH: SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket toward Mars

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:43 AM

(4th UPDATE) Screams and cheers erupt at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fires its 27 engines and rumbles into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon 4 decades ago

FALCON HEAVY. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

SpaceX aborts launch after 'odd' rocket engine behavior

Feb 18, 2017 - 11:32 PM

UPDATED The delay was taken out of an abundance of caution a SpaceX spokesman says The next launch attempt is scheduled for Sunday morning U S time

FALCON 9. Space X's Falcon 9 rocket is prepared for a launch to the International Space Station February 17, 2017 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on LC39A, one of the renovated Space Shuttle launch pads that SpaceX leases from NASA. Bruce Weaver/AFP

SpaceX lands rocket on ocean platform for first time

Apr 09, 2016 - 10:15 AM

SpaceX has once before managed to set the rocket down on land but ocean attempts had failed with the rocket coming close each time but either crashing or tipping over

Photo from official Twitter account of SpaceX

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Mar 31, 2016 - 7:37 PM

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N. Korean leader hails solid-fuel rocket success

Mar 24, 2016 - 9:26 AM

The North is already understood to use solid fuel for its short range road mobile ballistic missiles but not for medium range or untested long range missiles

HISTORIC? A picture made available by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 23, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watching a test-fire of a new large-caliber multiple rocket launcher during an inspection tour on March 22, 2016. Handout photo by KCNA/EPA

North Korean leader orders further nuclear tests

Mar 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED Overseeing a ballistic missile launch on Thursday March 10 Kim Jong Un ordered more nuclear explosion tests to estimate the destructive power of the newly produced nuclear warheads

MORE TESTS? An undated picture provided by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 9, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C), talking with scientists and technicians involved in research of nuclear weapons, at an undisclosed location, North Korea. File photo by KCNA/EPA

US secretly agreed to North Korea talks before nuke test – report

Feb 22, 2016 - 6:27 PM

It was the North Koreans who proposed discussing a peace treaty says a US State Department spokesman

epa05147257 (FILE) A file picture dated 12 January 2016 and released by North Korea's state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking during a ceremony at the meeting hall of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea launched a long-range rocket on 07 February 2016, just hours after South Korea's Defense Ministry said the reclusive country moved forward its time frame for the launch. The rocket was launched from a facility in north-western North Korea, South Korean media reported citing the South Korean military. North Korea has said the launch would send a satellite into orbit. South Korea and the United States believe that is a cover for a test of a ballistic missile, which is banned by multiple UN Security Council resolutions. EPA/RODONG SINMUN SOUTH KOREA OUT

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un calls for more rocket launches

Feb 19, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The advance toward space is North Korea s strategic goal says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

MORE ROCKET LAUNCHES. An undated file picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers Party, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observing a multiple-rocket launching drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea. File photo by Rodong Sinmun/EPA

Obama signs North Korea sanctions – White House

Feb 19, 2016 - 10:12 AM

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the White House hopes the sanctions will serve to increase pressure on North Korea

NORTH KOREA SANCTIONS. US President Barack Obama sign new sanctions against North Korea to punish the reclusive Asian nation for its provocative recent nuclear test and rocket launch. File photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

North Korea lacks technology for anti-US nuclear strike – Pentagon

Feb 13, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Despite the recent launch North Korea s capabilities to strike the United States would be dependent on outside help according to the Pentagon

FIRING DRILL. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) inspects a rocket firing drill directed at US military bases in South Korea. Photo by Rodong Sinmun/EPA

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Feb 11, 2016 - 6:39 PM

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Japan slaps new sanctions on North Korea

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:50 PM

North Korean citizens and ships are barred from entering Japan

South Korea shutters joint industrial park after N.Korean rocket

Feb 10, 2016 - 5:45 PM

3rd UPDATE Seoul says it does not want its investment in the Kaesong park to be used for Pyongyang s nuclear program

epa05152296 (FILE) An undated file picture released on 06 December 2011 shows a general view of the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the North Korean border town of Kaesong. South Korea said on 10 February 2016 that it was suspending its participation in a jointly run industrial park on the border with North Korea, in response to Pyongyang's nuclear test and rocket launch, a news report said. On 06 January North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test since 2006. It launched a long-range ballistic missile and sent a satellite into orbit. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

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Feb 08, 2016 - 12:06 PM

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Global outrage over North Korea rocket launch

Feb 07, 2016 - 4:58 PM

UPDATED NATO says Pyongyang s move is a blatant breach of 5 UN resolutions

ROCKET LAUNCH. This picture taken from North Korean TV and released by South Korean news agency Yonhap on February 7, 2016 shows North Korea's locket launch of earth observation satellite Kwangmyong 4. AFP photo / North Korean TV / YONHAP 

North Korea begins fueling rocket: report

Feb 05, 2016 - 5:45 PM

In order to avoid any possible collision Japanese and South Korean airlines will be rerouting a number of flights during the window period of North Korea s planned rocket launch

2012 LAUNCH. A photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 13 December 2012 shows a monitor screen image of the launch of the communist country's long-range Unha-3 rocket, which successfully put a satellite into orbit, from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongang Province, North Korea on 12 December 2012. North Korea's rocket launch was condemned by governments around the world as provocative and a violation of UN Security Council regulations. EPA/KCNA BEST AVAILABLE QUALITY

Anger, sanctions threats greet North Korea rocket launch plans

Feb 03, 2016 - 11:28 AM

The government in Seoul said the move would be a serious breach of UN resolutions and a direct challenge to the international community

2012 LAUNCH. A photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 13, 2012 shows a monitor screen image of the launch of the communist country's long-range Unha-3 rocket, which successfully put a satellite into orbit, from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongang Province, North Korea on December 12, 2012. KCNA/EPA

Speculation mounts of imminent N. Korea rocket launch

Jan 29, 2016 - 10:32 AM

UPDATED Could be for a satellite or a space vehicle – there are a lot of guesses North Korea does this periodically – they move things back and forth a US defense official says

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North Korea hints at possible rocket launch

Sep 14, 2015 - 11:44 PM

Any such launch would invite fresh international sanctions and jeopardize a reunion being organized with South Korea of families divided by the 1950 53 Korean War

A file photo dated October 2010, then released by the North Korean Central News Agency KCNA, showing a 'Musudan' missile appearing during a military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. KCNA/EPA

South Korea joins global space club with satellite launch

Jan 30, 2013 - 3:17 PM

South Korea launches a rocket Wednesday January 30 in its third bid to put a satellite in orbit a high stakes challenge to national pride after rival North Korea succeeded in the same mission last month

LIFTOFF. This handout photo provided by Korea Aerospace Research Institute on January 30, 2013 shows the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-I (KSLV-I) taking off from its launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, 350 km south of Seoul. AFP PHOTO / Korea Aerospace Research Institute

S. Korea says North 'rocket' could fly 10,000 km

Dec 23, 2012 - 3:28 PM

North Korea s recent rocket launch amounts to the test of a ballistic missile capable of carrying a half ton payload over 10 000 kilometers the South Korean defense ministry says

North Korea satellite appears dead - scientist

Dec 18, 2012 - 7:50 AM

A satellite launched with fanfare last week by a defiant North Korea appears to be dead as no signal can be detected

N. Korea holds mass celebration of rocket launch

Dec 14, 2012 - 11:25 AM

North Koreans hold a mass celebration for Pyongyang s long range rocket launch

China defies U.S. sanctions pressure over N. Korea

Dec 14, 2012 - 7:08 AM

UPDATED The US says it is persuading China to back a strong response to North Korea; China has refused

India condemns N. Korea rocket launch, tests own missile

Dec 12, 2012 - 4:12 PM

India condemns North Korea s long range rocket launch even as it tests one of its own ballistic weapons

N. Korea hails 'groundbreaking' rocket launch

Dec 12, 2012 - 2:11 PM

North Korea hails groundbreaking rocket launch

North Korea says rocket launch a success - KCNA

Dec 12, 2012 - 10:42 AM

North Korea confirmed Wednesday December 12 it had launched a long range rocket saying it had succeeded in its mission of placing a satellite in orbit

North Korea surprises world, fires rocket

Dec 12, 2012 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED North Korea said the three stage rocket which Pyongyang insists was solely aimed at placing a satellite in orbit had achieved all its objectives

AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

North Korea replacing faulty rocket stage: report

Dec 10, 2012 - 1:21 PM

North Korea is replacing a faulty section of a long range rocket in a bid to put its launch schedule back on track and is receiving help from Iranian missile experts a South Korean newspaper reported Monday

AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

N. Korea stops rocket launch preparations: report

Dec 09, 2012 - 6:47 PM

North Korea stops all preparations for a rocket launch at a site in the country s northwest a South Korean official tells Yonhap News Agency on Sunday December 9

North Korea says it may delay rocket launch

Dec 09, 2012 - 12:21 PM

Scientists technicians now seriously examining the issue of readjusting the launching time of the satellite for some reasons

AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

PH preparing for North Korean rocket launch

Dec 08, 2012 - 4:27 PM

Authorities will check for radioactive fallout in case debris from the projectile falls on land but so far no evacuations have been ordered

PLANNING FOR DEBRIS FALLOUT. Google Maps image of exclusion area between Cagayan (A) and Polillo Island, Quezon (B).

North Korea completes installing rocket: report

Dec 05, 2012 - 12:36 PM

North Korea has completed installing a long range rocket on its launch pad ahead of its planned launch this month in defiance of widespread international condemnation a report said Wednesday

AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

North Korea rocket trajectory will take it near PH

Dec 04, 2012 - 2:21 PM

North Korea s planned rocket launch this December will once again have a trajectory that will take it close to Philippine landmass

READY FOR LIFTOFF. A North Korean soldier stands guard in front of an Unha-3 rocket at Tangachai -ri space center on April 8, 2012. North Korea has confirmed their intention to launch the rocket this week (between April 12-16) despite international condemnations. AFP Photo/Pedro Ugarte

North Korea notifies Japan of rocket path - report

Dec 02, 2012 - 4:41 PM

China and the Philippines were also likely to have been notified

North Korea defies critics, challenges South with rocket plan

Dec 02, 2012 - 4:30 PM

The launch will escalate tensions experts say

North Korea to launch rocket in December: KCNA

Dec 01, 2012 - 4:47 PM

North Korea plans to launch a long range rocket between December 10 and 22 the North s official news agency says

South Korea suspends rocket launch

Oct 26, 2012 - 11:26 AM

Parts of the Philippines were preparing for possible debris falling from the rocket

Photo courtesy of Spaceflight Now

N Korea vows retaliation over rocket

Apr 18, 2012 - 3:20 PM

North Korea warns of retaliation after the US scrapped food aid raising fears of a new nuclear test

N Korea: We'll continue testing and launching

Apr 18, 2012 - 7:02 AM

North Korea condemns the UN s condemnation of its failed rocket launch saying it will continue launching for space development in the future

S. Korea steps up operation to retrieve debris

Apr 14, 2012 - 6:14 PM

Despite threats of ruthless retaliation by North Korea Seoul is combing its territory for rocket chunks

US: N Korea wasting money amid hunger

Apr 13, 2012 - 10:17 AM

The US says North Korea s failed rocket launch threatens security and violates international law

Japan: N Korea rocket launch regrettable

Apr 13, 2012 - 9:42 AM

Japan calls on the UN Security Council to make an appropriate response to North Korea s failed rocket launch

PH still rerouting flights after failed N Korea rocket launch

Apr 13, 2012 - 9:42 AM

The Philippines is still rerouting flights after the failure of North Korea s rocket launch Officials said it will be a big adjustment to change the flight routes again

2009 rocket launch was also a 'failure'

Apr 13, 2012 - 7:59 AM

North Korea s rocket launch in April 2009 was branded as the regime s attempt to put satellite into orbit but it was also seen as a failure

N Korea rocket failed, say US, Japan, S Korea

Apr 13, 2012 - 7:50 AM

2nd update They said it broke apart a minute after lift off; South Korea says it disintegrated into several pieces