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Taep'o-dong-2 Launch Facility Infrastructure Year 2009

Taken into account the construction imagery of the North Korean western launch site clearly shows the smaller diameter for the Taep'o-dong-2 upper stage gantry service levels. Additionally the lower half of the gantry service levels for the first stage appears to be more extended out from the main tower than for the upper stages.

The launch facility design changes seemed to indicate a considerable launch vehicle redesign effort had been in progress since the year 2000 through 2008 from its original design seen in 1994. It further suggested that the first stage had been totally redesigned since the year 2000 while the upper stage designs have survived with some improvements.

Potentially at least 4 different designs of the Taep'o-dong-2 booster could be accommodated with the revised army green colored gantry umbilical tower design. Only one of those designs utilized all the service levels in existence.

Taep'o-dong 2 Launch Facility

Launch site as of June 2009

Taep'o-dong 2 Launch Facility

Launch site as of 2008

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