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KMS 3-2



Kwangmyongsong 3 was reportedly a North Korean Earth observation satellite an the country's third attempt to orbit a satellite. The satellite reportedly had a launch mass of about 100 kg and a life time of 2 years. The dimensions are 1.4 m × 0.6 m × 0.7 m. Power is provided by body mounted solar cells. The announced orbit is a sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers. It is claimed to have 3-axis control to point a camera to earth. The satellite will broadcast its remote sensing data in the UHF band and video in the X-band.

Alternate Names

  • 39026
  • KMS3-2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-12-12
Launch Vehicle: Unha
Launch Site: Sohae, North Korea
Mass: 100 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (North Korea)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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