Mission Operations Control Centre

The Mission Operations Control Centre is a significant investment in infrastructure that will build New Zealand’s capability to operate complex satellite missions

The Mission Operations Control Centre (MOCC) will support New Zealand’s first national official space mission as a country to combat climate change. The MOCC will provide a set of functional capabilities for the command, control and support of the MethaneSAT satellite and future satellite missions for New Zealand. In addition to, the centre will be an enduring piece of national infrastructure available to all New Zealand research organisations to support future missions and enable the enhancement of New Zealand’s space sector capability. 

MBIE has contracted Rocket Lab to take initial responsibility of the MethaneSAT mission. The successful applicant will be supported by Rocket Lab to establish a MOCC on its campus and take over operations approximately one year after the MethaneSAT satellite has been launched.

We now invite proposals from New Zealand universities to host a Mission Operations Control Centre to support the MethaneSAT mission. Our Investment Management System will be open for applications from 15 January 2021 until 12 noon, 16 March 2021.

Go to the Investment Management System (IMS) Portal

The funding available

We are looking to contract and fund a Host for the MOCC for a period of 7 years. Funding of:

  • up to $350,000 (exclusive of GST) will be available to the Host in year 1 (from contract commencement to 30 June 2021) to engage with the mission development activities and initiate institutional planning for training and facilities.
  • up to $1 million (exclusive of GST) will be available per annum for years 2, 3, and 4 to support the transition to hosting and subsequent operation of the MOCC.

Additional funding for the remainder of the contracted term will be negotiated after a mid-term review.

Funding decisions

The General Manager of the Science System Investment and Performance Branch in the Labour, Science and Enterprise Group, MBIE will make the final investment decision on which proposal will be funded.

We will notify applicants of the funding decisions once the assessment process is complete and publish details of the selected host university on our website.

More information

Application and assessment information for the Mission Operations Control Centre Hosting Opportunity

Last updated: 16 December 2020