The Flight Safety Code will help you identify and reduce risks when conducting certain space activities.

Overview 

The Flight Safety Code provides a quantitative approach to ensuring risks associated with certain civil space and high power rocket activities in Australia are as low as reasonably practicable. 

You should use the code when applying for:

  • Australian launch permits
  • high power rocket permits
  • certain return authorisations.

The Flight Safety Code’s risk hazard analysis provides methods to:

  • identify potential hazards during launches or returns that may cause harm to public health and safety
  • analyse the risks associated with these hazards
  • develop measures to minimise those risks and ensure they remain below the established launch safety standards.

Publication content 

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INTRODUCTION

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1.1

Overview

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1.2

Further information

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2

DEFINITIONS

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2.1

Defined terms

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2.2

Acronyms and abbreviations

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LAUNCH SAFETY STANDARDS

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3.1

Third-party casualty safety standards

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3.2

Asset safety standards

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3.3

Unproven launch vehicle safety standards

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3.4

Controlled area safety standards

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3.5

Flight safety system standards

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RISK HAZARD ANALYSIS METHODOLOGY

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4.1

Introduction

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4.2

Risk hazard analysis methodology overview

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4.3

Casualty expectation

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4.4

Nominal flight trajectory

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4.5

Mutually exclusive events

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4.6

Probability of failure

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4.7

Establishing a debris catalogue

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4.8

Population density

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4.9

Probability of impact

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4.10

Casualty Area

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4.11

Casualty Expectation for discrete time interval

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4.12

Probability of impact isopleths and individual risk isopleths

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4.13

Demonstrating conformity with the launch safety standards

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APPENDIX 1 – METHODOLOGY FOR CALCULATING CASUALTY AREA 

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APPENDIX 2 – RISK ANALYSIS EXAMPLES

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REFERENCES

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