Just as expected, North Korea executed another long-range rocket launch on Saturday morning. The Hermit Kingdom says the rocket’s mission was to put its so-called “Shining Star No. 4 earth viewing satellite” into low-earth orbit, and it looks like they did just that.
The launch was first detected by a South Korean AEGIS equipped destroyer as the rocket rose from North Korea’s Sohae Launch Station along the country’s west coast. The first stage separation was seen visually and NORAD said the rocket’s southern route posed no danger to the U.S. or its allies.