The agreement will ensure DASA and the Australian Space Agency develop a common approach to the regulation of Australian space activities.

The MoU was signed at the 2023 AVALON Airshow by Air Commodore Joe Medved and General Manager of the Office of the Space Regulator at the Australian Space Agency, Christopher De Luis.

Mr De Luis said the growing but nascent national space sector presents an excellent opportunity for alignment in the regulation of civil and military Australian space activities.

“This MoU aims to ensure aligned pathways for Australian regulatory applicants to engage in both civil and Defence-focussed space activities, avoiding duplication and also providing opportunities to jointly grow Australian space regulatory capability,” Mr De Luis said.

“We look forward to working closely with DASA on the development of world-leading approaches to space safety.”

The role of DASA is to assure the safety of Defence aviation, with emphasis on preventing aviation accidents and incidents. The DASA Space Directorate was established on 04 July 2022 charged with establishing regulation for military space safety and mission assurance.

The Office of the Space Regulator is a branch within the Australian Space Agency, responsible for the regulation of civil space activities, including administering the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018.

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