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Chollima-1 (Malligyong 1) [KCTV]

Chollima-1 (천리마-1), also transcribed Cheonlima-1, is a new North Korean orbital launch vehicle.

The vehicle features three stages. Stage 1 is likely derived from the Hwasong-17 ICBM and features a quadruple chamber engine on the first stage - likely two twin-chamber engines derived from the Russian RD-250.

The maiden launch did not reach orbit as stage 2 failed to ignite. The second vehicle also failed during stage 3 operation, possible due to a flight termination system issue.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Chollima-1 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Chollima-1 ? ? ? - - - -
No:    TNo:     Type              Date             LS         Payload

 1      1       Chollima-1        30.05.2023  F    So LP-2    Malligyong 1
 2      2       Chollima-1        23.08.2023  F    So LP-2    Malligyong 1 (2)
 3      3       Chollima-1        21.11.2023       So LP-2    Malligyong 1 (3)

Planned launches:

Launch sites:

So  = Sŏhae Satellite Center, Ch’ŏlsan County, North P’yŏngan Province, North Korea North Korea

*  = suborbital


 1: Vehicle failed during stage 2 operation
 2: Stage 3 failure, possible FTS

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