Permits and licences for space activities

The New Zealand Space Agency regulates launch vehicles reaching outer space, launch facilities, high-altitude vehicles and payloads such as satellites through licences and permits.

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Space-related activities that require a licence/permit

The Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act 2017 established a licensing regime for space activities conducted from New Zealand or by New Zealanders.

A licence, permit or combination of both is required for the following space-related activities.

  • launching a launch vehicle from a launch facility:
    • in New Zealand, or
    • outside of New Zealand.
  • launching a payload from a launch facility:
    • in New Zealand, or
    • outside of New Zealand.
  • launching a high-altitude vehicle (HAV) from New Zealand.

Applying for a launch licence

You need a launch licence to launch a vehicle into outer space from New Zealand. 

We’re in the process of developing a form you can use to apply for a launch licence. In the meanwhile, contact us if you need more information or want to apply for a launch licence.

Contact the New Zealand Space Agency

Applying for a facility licence

You need a licence to operate a launch facility in New Zealand that is either:

  • used for launches by a single launch operator, or
  • a standalone facility used by multiple launch operators.

We’re in the process of developing a form you can use to apply for a facility licence. In the meanwhile, contact us if you need more information or want to apply for a facility licence.

Contact the New Zealand Space Agency

Applying for a payload permit

If you intend to launch a payload into outer space from:

  • New Zealand, you'll need to apply for a New Zealand payload permit
  • outside of New Zealand, and you’re a New Zealand national (or a New Zealand entity), you’ll need to apply for an overseas payload permit.

To apply for a payload permit, complete form APP-001.

APP-001 - Application form for a payload permit [DOCX, 335 KB] 

If there's more than one applicant, complete form APP-100P as well.

If you need more information about payload permits, get in touch.

Contact the New Zealand Space Agency

Applying for a high-altitude licence

You need a licence to launch a high-altitude vehicle (HAV) from New Zealand.

HAVs are included in the Act so that:

  • different technologies that perform similar functions are treated consistently, and
  • the legislation will stay current as technology advances.

Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act 2017(external link)

Examples of HAVs already originating from New Zealand include:

  • large NASA balloons and payloads, and
  • sounding (or research) rockets.

Exempt HAV activities

Some HAV activities are exempt from needing a licence. These are listed in the regulations and explained in the application guidance document.

Outer Space and High-altitude Activities (Definition of High-altitude Vehicle) Regulations 2017(external link)

Application forms for high-altitude licence

To apply for a high-altitude licence, complete form APP-002.

APP-002 — Application form for a high-altitude [DOCX, 313 KB]

If the high-altitude licence is to be held by more than one person, complete an APP-100H form for each additional applicant.

APP-100H — Additional applicant details (high-altitude licence) [PDF, 715 KB] 

Help with your application

Application guidance – High-altitude licence [PDF, 481 KB] 

If you need more help or information, get in touch.

Contact the New Zealand Space Agency

Additional application forms you may need 

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APP-200i Additional Ownership and Control (Individual) Detail [PDF, 674 KB] 

For each individual who has a 10% or more ownership or control interest in the applicant (if applicable).

APP-200B Additional Ownership and Control (Body Corporate) Details [PDF, 675 KB] 

For each body corporate that has a 10% or more ownership or control interest in the applicant (if applicable).

APP-600 Additional Contract Detail [PDF, 679 KB] 

If any part of the management, oversight or control of each high-altitude payload or its operation — including the ground segment — is being contracted to another person.

APP-400 Additional Technical Capability Detail [PDF, 680 KB] 

To provide evidence — for high-altitude vehicles that are not aircraft — that the applicant is technically capable of conducting a safe launch, including information about each person who has technical capability relied on in the evidence.

APP-700 Additional Payload Detail [PDF, 704 KB] 

If there are multiple payloads in your application.

APP-800 Additional Overseas Authorisation Details [PDF, 676 KB] 

For applications made under the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act 2017 for which there are multiple Overseas Authorisations being submitted for recognition by the New Zealand Space Agency.