PhilSA monitors possible falling debris from KSLV-II

The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) keeps its eyes, guarding the possible debris fall in the water area of the Philippines from Korea's Space Launch Vehicle-II initiated by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute's (KARI) Naro at 5:24 a.m. (Philippine Standard Time) on Thursday, May 25.

Dropping zones visualized in the Philippine map (Image courtesy of Philippine Space Agency)

The unburned rocket scraps, such as the payload fairing -- a nose cone to protect any spacecraft when it arrives in the atmosphere -- forecasted to land 400 nautical miles or 722 km from the coastline of Sta. Ana, Cagayan, Camiguin Island, and Babuyan Island 20 minutes after the rocket launched, while the second stage separated from the rocket 18 minutes after the takeoff and foresaw falling toward 217 nautical miles or 401 km away from Cortes, Surigao del Sur.

The KSLV-II can hold up to 1,900 kilograms of payload to carry to space, aiming to show its X-brand radar technology among aeronautic technology.

However, the Republic of Korea sent a piece of adequate information to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) before launching its project. Thus, the PhilSA instantaneously conducted precautions for possible accidents.

Since all the projected drop zone areas are in the ocean, PhilSA immediately reminded government authorities from respective places of the risk of the circumstances to ships, aircraft, fishing boats, and other vessels.

Also, aside from possible harm from the dropping debris,  PhilSA warned local authorities to avoid pulling scraps from the rocket due to the toxic danger from its fuel. (Sonny Daanoy)