The following table lists decisions under the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 to grant, vary, revoke, suspend or transfer a:

  • Australian launch permit.
  • Launch facility licence.
  • Return authorisation.
  • Overseas payload permit.

 List of all decisions

Application type Applicant organisation General description of the proposal Notice of minister decision Date of minister decision
Overseas Payload Permit ResearchSat Pty Ltd The payload to be launched on a suborbital sounding rocket launch is the ADI-E payload, a platform for conducting scientific research in microgravity conditions. Granted 25/01/24

Return Authorisation

(Overseas Payload)

ResearchSat Pty Ltd The payload to be returned is the ADI-E payload, a platform for conducting scientific research in microgravity conditions. Given 25/01/24
Overseas Payload Permit Curtin University The 3 small 1U cubesats Binar-2, Binar-3 and Binar-4 will be used for a student star-tracking experiment, CSIRO research experiment and a STEM outreach program for high schools. Granted 30/11/2023
Overseas Payload Permit

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

(CSIRO)

The MRS Astrobee payload is being launched to the ISS to perform experiments to support internal 3D scanning of the vehicle for logistics purposes. Granted 28/11/2023
Overseas Payload Permit Space Machines Company Pty Ltd The Optimus-2 orbital transfer vehicle technology demonstrator will flight qualify key technologies and subsystems for use on future commercial flights. Granted 15/11/2023
Overseas Payload Permit University of Melbourne Demonstrate a fully operational 6U Australian nanosatellite platform on-orbit and operate the HERMES payload from the Italian Space Agency as complement to the HERMES constellation. Granted 07/09/2023
Overseas Payload Permit Skykraft Pty Ltd Skykraft satellite Skykraft-3 and 4 constellation spacecraft are technology demonstrators and pathfinders for the roll-out of space-based Air Traffic Management constellation. These spacecraft will demonstrate ADS-B and VHF capabilities from space. Granted 15/04/2023
Overseas Payload Permit Swinburne University of Technology The payload to be launched to the International Space Station is a research project designed to provide educational outcomes for the participants of the Swinburne Youth Science Innovation Challenge program. Granted 29/03/2023
Return Authorisation
(Overseas Payload)
Swinburne University of Technology The payload to be returned from the International Space Station is a research project designed to provide educational outcomes for the participants of the Swinburne Youth Science Innovation Challenge program. Given 29/03/2023
Overseas Payload Permit Fleet Space Technologies Pty Ltd Fleet Space satellites Centauri 6, 7 and 8 will act as communications relays for customer Internet of Things (IoT) and mineral exploration data through S-band radio. Granted 16/02/2023
Overseas Payload Permit Skykraft Skykraft satellite Skykraft-1 and constellation spacecraft are technology demonstrators and pathfinders for the roll-out of a space-based Air Traffic Management constellation. Granted 22/09/2022
Australian launch permit AT Space Pty Ltd A series of two suborbital launches and connected returns of the Hapith I launch vehicle from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, South Australia. Granted 24/06/2022
Launch facility licence Southern Launch Space Pty Ltd Launch facility at Whalers Way, Sleaford, South Australia to support up to two suborbital test launches. Granted 24/06/2022
Australian launch permit Equatorial Launch Australia Pty Ltd Suborbital launches of the Black Brant IX vehicle for the 2022 NASA scientific sounding rocket campaign from Arnhem Space Centre, Northern Territory. Granted 24/05/2022
Launch facility licence Equatorial Launch Australia Pty Ltd Launch facility known as the Arnhem Space Centre, located in East Arnhem, Northern Territory. This facility licence is limited to the 2022 NASA scientific sounding rocket campaign. Granted 24/05/2022
Overseas Payload Permit Fleet Space Technologies Pty Ltd Fleet satellite Centauri-5 will provide communication with the Fleet network. Granted 16/05/2022
Australian launch permit Taiwan Innovative Space Inc. Suborbital launch of Hapith I launch vehicle from Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, South Australia. Granted 09/08/2021
Launch facility licence SouthernLaunch.Space Pty Ltd Launch facility at the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex at Sleaford, South Australia for a suborbital test launch campaign. Granted 12/07/2021
Overseas Payload Permit  Fleet Space Technologies Pty Ltd Fleet satellite Centauri-4 will provide communication with the Fleet network. Granted 25/05/2021
Overseas Payload Permit  The University of Sydney The CUAVA-1 satellite will collect research data from low earth orbit and transmit to the research team for use in scientific and engineering analyses undertaken by the CUAVA Centre and collaborators. Granted 14/05/2021
Overseas Payload Permit  EchoStar Global Australia Pty Ltd Satellite ‘EchoStar Global – 3’ (EG-3), a communications satellite, will also be used to expand testing of the EchoStar mobile satellite service network. Granted 10/05/2021
Overseas Payload Permit  Curtin University Satellite Binar-1 will test a number of systems designed by Curtin to be used in future satellites. Granted 29/04/2021
Launch facility licence SouthernLaunch.Space Pty Ltd Mobile launch facility at Koonibba Test Range, South Australia for suborbital launches. Granted 09/03/2021
Overseas Payload Permit  Fleet Space Technologies Pty Ltd Fleet satellite Centauri-3 will provide communication with the Fleet network. Granted 05/02/2021
Overseas Payload Permit  University of New South Wales UNSW satellites M2-A and M2-B will test a number of systems designed by UNSW, including decoupling, artificial intelligence and space situational awareness capabilities. Granted 02/02/2021
Overseas Payload Permit  Myriota Pty Ltd Myriota satellite ‘Myriota 7’ will provide direct-to-orbit satellite connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Granted 20/11/2020
Overseas Payload Permit  Myriota Pty Ltd Myriota satellite ‘Myriota 6’ will provide direct-to-orbit satellite connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Granted 20/11/2020
Overseas Payload
Permit 
Myriota Pty Ltd Myriota satellite ‘Myriota 5’ will provide direct-to-orbit satellite connectivity for the Internet of Things. Granted 11/09/2020
Overseas Payload Permit  EchoStar Global Australia Pty Ltd Communications satellite (CubeSat) testing Internet of Things connectivity. Granted 23/03/2020
Overseas Payload Permit  EchoStar Global Australia Pty Ltd Communications satellite (CubeSat) testing Internet of Things connectivity. Granted 23/03/2020
Overseas Payload Permit  The University of New South Wales The M2 Pathfinder satellite (CubeSat) will test communications architecture and other technologies that will assist in informing future space capabilities. Granted 13/02/2020
Overseas Payload Permit  Space Environment Research Centre Limited Payload mounted on a CubeSat to support research undertaken by the Space Environment Research Centre. Granted 4/12/2019

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