A US industrial animation company is standing by its prediction that a North Korean rocket will fly directly over Australia after launching.
An animation by Analytical Graphics, above, projects a rocket would fly over the Philippines before passing directly over central Australia.
The company told The Australian its sources were confidential but "it comes from people who would know".
Today, the first day of the five-day window for the launch of a rocket mounted with an observation satellite, fighter jets roared through the skies over downtown Pyongyang.
There has no word today on the timing of the controversial rocket launch, which North Korea has said will take place sometime between Thursday and Monday.
In 2009, a similar launch from an east coast site took place on the second day of a five-day window.
The US, Japan, Britain and others say the launch would constitute a provocation and would violate UN Security Council resolutions banning North Korea from developing its nuclear and missile programs.
Experts say the Unha-3 carrier is similar to the type of rocket that could be used to fire a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead to strike the US or other targets.
The launch and leader Kim Jong-un's formal ascension to top posts comes during a week of events leading up to celebrations on Sunday marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, late President Kim Il Sung.
North Korean space officials call the launch of the Unha-3 rocket, mounted with an Earth observation satellite, a "gift" to Kim Il-sung. They said Wednesday that the final step of injecting fuel into the three-stage rocket was under way in the coastal hamlet of Tongchang-ri.
"We are injecting fuel as we speak," Paek Chang Ho, chief of the space committee's General Command Centre, told reporters were were yesterday given a chance to visit the control center outside Pyongyang.
He said the rocket was ready for lift-off as soon as engineers are given the green light.
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