Taep'o-dong-2 Launch Facility Infrastructure Year 2005
This illustration shows what the Taep'o-dong-2 launch site looked like in the year 2005 after considerable detailed additions to its infrastructure. Add to the launch site is a new UDMH propellant farm as well as numerous camera sites. Additional flame bucket concrete slabs and vehicle parking areas have been added and a near pad bunker. The introduction of the UDMH propellant farm is a major indicator of the design changes expected in the final design of the Taep'o-dong-2C/3 satellite launch vehicle. The soft nature of the launch site certainly indicates that it is not intended as a strategic facility for strategic ballistic missile operations. Off site there is a horizontal assembly ready building as well as a range control observation site and the engine stage static test firing infrastructure.
This Present Taep'o-dong-2 launch pad with its two meter inside diameter launch pad has been utilized for one static test firing of its first stage. This launch pad indicates that the base diameter of the Taep'o-dong launch vehicle is on the order of 2.2 meters in diameter. Subsequently static test firings for the Taep'o-dong-2 took place on the nearby regional rocket engine and now launch vehicle stage static test firing facility infrastructure. In recent years that static test firing test stand has had a full launch vehicle stage static test tower built above the rocket engine test cell. That static test tower design resembles the old Atlas static test towers seen at Edwards Air Force Base static test firing center. Several test firings have taken place there in recent years with at least one failure noted but the facility was quickly repaired and put back in service with follow up tests. In general this static test facility continues to grow with infrastructure being added since the year 2000.
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