North Korea has tested a new high-performance rocket engine, the country’s state media said today (19th). The report indicated that the engine is to be used for North Korea’s space and satellite-launching program.
Overseeing the test, leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Un emphasized that “the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries”. This would mean that North Korea was preparing to launch a new satellite rocket.
“The development and completion of a new-type high-thrust engine would help consolidate the scientific and technological foundation to match the world-level satellite delivery capability in the field of outer space development,” noted Kim.
North Korean officials have said that under a five-year plan, they intend to launch more Earth observation satellites and what would be the country’s first geostationary communications satellite, which would be a major technological advance.
Getting that kind of satellite into place would likely require a more powerful engine than its previous ones. The North also claims it is trying to build a viable space program that would include a moon launch within the next 10 years.