Reconstruction of Sohae Satellite Launching Station


On July 22, 38 North announced the launch of 3D panoramas providing a reconstruction of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in North Korea, also known as Tongchang-ri.

According to project developer Nathan J. Hunt, the reconstruction is aimed at providing a tool for people to see the amount of materials used.

He explained that he was able to use enhanced press photos to ID a number of parts on the tower, and that a number of mechanical parts were made in China.

He added, “The parts on the tower are photo-matched. The thickness of all parts is accurate, so it provides a reliable tool showing amount of metal used.”

Hunt is an independent 3D content designer for simulation and site reconstruction who has been working in defense outreach and news blogging for the past eight years. He has devoted a number of years to studying and monitoring North Korea’s testing sites.

Having started out on his own, the project was picked up by 38 North and MDAA, which is co-sponsoring the first phase.

This initial release will be updated over time as changes are detected to ensure that the reconstruction remains an up-to-date visualization.

Future releases will feature the missile assembly building and checkout areas, launch command center and motor pools. Once this has been completed, the reconstruction will eventually move on to include the addition of real-world terrain.