Launching

On 21 December 2017 the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act comes into force. The Act sets up a licencing regime for space activities conducted from New Zealand or by New Zealanders overseas.

Licences, permits or a combination of these are required for the following space related activities:

  • Launching a launch vehicle from a launch facility in New Zealand
  • Launching a payload from New Zealand
  • Launching a high-altitude vehicle from New Zealand
  • Launching a payload from a launch facility outside of New Zealand
  • Launching a launch vehicle from a launch facility outside of New Zealand

 

Getting a launch licence

Getting a payload permit

Getting a high-altitude licence

Getting a facility licence


Getting a launch licence

You will need a licence for launching a vehicle into outer space from New Zealand.

If you are intending to launch into outer space from outside of New Zealand, and you are a New Zealand national (or a New Zealand entity), you will need to apply for an overseas launch licence.

Application forms and supporting material

We are in the process of developing materials for applying for a launch licence. Contact us if you need more information on launch licences.

Getting a facility licence

You will need a licence for operating a launch facility in New Zealand – either for a launch by a single launch operator, or in future, a standalone facility used by multiple launch operators.

Application forms and supporting material

We are in the process of developing materials for applying for a facility licence. Contact us if you need more information on facility licences.

Getting a payload permit

You will need a payload permit if you intend to launch a payload into outer space from New Zealand.

You will also need to apply for an overseas payload permit if you intend to launch a payload into outer space from outside of New Zealand, and you are a New Zealand national (or a New Zealand entity).

Application forms and supporting material

  

Getting a high-altitude licence

You will need a licence for launching a high-altitude vehicle (HAV) from New Zealand.

We have included HAVs in the Act so that different technologies that perform similar functions are treated consistently, and the legislation will stay current as technology advances.

Examples of HAVs already originating from New Zealand include:

  • a recent example that will fall under the regulatory regime is NASA who currently launches larger, more sophisticated balloons and payloads.
  • Sounding rockets.

Some HAV activities are exempt from needing a license. Refer to the regulations on the New Zealand legislation website.

Check out Wellington students launching a weather balloon based on the Google Loon and NASA super pressure balloon activity in the South Island. The Unlocking Space and Weather project was part of the government funded Curious Minds programme.

Application forms and supporting material

 

Supplementary Forms

 

Contact us if you need more information on launching