I have know idea either way. If they did, they sure got it put back together rather quickly and on the pad. Maybe they scrapped the first rocket and used another ? If so, I would think It would take longer to prep it as the original took 2 to 3 days.
They say the rocket was launched Wednesday December 12 2012 Korea time. [at this posting it’s still Dec. 11th at my location in the US] Who knows what the truth is … so many reporters which 3 corporations control. On with the show …
N. Korea removes rocket from launch pad: report
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Dec 11, 2012
North Korea’s heavily-criticised long range rocket launch looked set for a lengthy delay Tuesday, with reports that the entire rocket had been removed from the launch pad for repair.
According to analysis of the latest satellite imagery, the entire three-stage Unha-3 carrier has been taken down and moved to a nearby assembly facility, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a military source as saying.
“It seems that North Korea has pulled down the rocket from the launch pad to fix technical problems,” the source said. Local radio and TV stations carried similar reports.
The South Korean Defence Ministry refused to confirm the reports which, if true, would signal a considerable delay in the launch schedule.
N. Korea Reportedly Removes Rocket From Launch Pad
December 11, 2012
North Korea appears to have taken apart and moved its long-range rocket, a day after announcing that technical difficulties had caused a one-week delay of its launch.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a military source as saying satellite photos suggest technicians have disassembled the three-stage rocket and moved it to a nearby assembly facility.
The unidentified source said North Korea pulled the rocket from the launch pad to fix technical problems.
South Korea says North Korea has fired a long-range rocket in a defiant move
By Associated Press,
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday in its second launch under its new leader, South Korean officials said, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.
South Korean defense officials said the rocket was fired from a west coast launch pad but there was no immediate word if the rocket was successful. North Korea had indicated technical problems with the rocket and extended its launch window. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules.
North Korea Launches Rocket
SEOUL—North Korea launched a multistage rocket Wednesday morning, its second this year and fifth ever, in an apparent acceleration of a years-long effort to develop long-range missile capability.
It flew farther than a North Korean rocket that failed 80 seconds after takeoff in April, according to officials monitoring the launch in other countries.