The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) confirms the launch of the Chollima-1 space rocket of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Expected debris from the rocket launch was projected to have fallen within the identified drop zones approximately 237 NM away from San Policarpio, Samar and 248 NM from Mercedes, Samar. 

Chollima-1 was launched from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, North Korea around 9:42 PM PhST on 21 November 2023. 

Details of the rocket drop zone were disclosed through a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) warning of a “satellite launch activity.” PhilSA has disseminated a post-launch report to relevant government agencies and authorities after the launch has been confirmed. 

As the launch event has passed, there is no longer any risk of untoward incidents and damage from falling debris within Philippine territory. However, there is still the possibility that the discarded rocket debris may float around the drop zone area and may wash toward the nearby coasts in the future. 

PhilSA informs the public to contact local authorities if suspected debris is sighted. PhilSA also cautions against retrieving or coming in close contact with these materials that may contain remnants of toxic substances such as rocket fuel.