North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site
Commercial satellite imaging will soon allow individuals and organizations to access whole-of-earth imagery, updated daily. This has empowered experts outside of government who track nuclear weapons development in North Korea, like those writing at 38north.org, to better analyze and monitor that country’s nuclear and missile tests.
For example, Frank Pabian and David Coblentz recently used satellite imagery analysis to estimate the maximum explosive power of a nuclear test at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site.
Such analysis used to be exclusive to nation states with the capability to put satellites in orbit. Now experts at universities and elsewhere can use Google Earth.
Source: Frank Pabian and David Coblentz, “North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Analysis Reveals Its Potential for Additional Testing with Significantly Higher Yields,” 38 North, 3/10/17.
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