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Taepodong 1-3


Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 252/50 kg. Thrust 18.33 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 250 seconds.

Status: Retired 1998.
Gross mass: 252 kg (555 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 50 kg (110 lb).
Height: 1.80 m (5.90 ft).
Diameter: 0.30 m (0.98 ft).
Span: 0.30 m (0.98 ft).
Thrust: 18.33 kN (4,121 lbf).
Specific impulse: 250 s.
Burn time: 27 s.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Taepodong 1 North Korean orbital launch vehicle. The third stage for the satellite launch version was probably a small solid rocket engine. It failed to reach orbit in the 1998 launch attempt, and later such tests are believed to have used a different design. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

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