Space activities and approvals
For those applicants who intend to conduct space activities, please refer the list below and apply for the appropriate authorisations. All relevant approvals must be sought before any space activity is conducted in Australia.
The Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 regulates certain space activities in Australia or by Australian nationals overseas.
This licence authorises the use of a specifically designed and constructed facility to launch space objects.
A high power rocket is a rocket that will not reach or exceed an altitude of 100km above mean sea level, among other specifications.
There are two types of applications for return authorisations:
- Standard return application (for most types of return)
- Overseas return application (for returns overseas that meet certain criteria)
Conducting space activities that require other approvals.
More relevant legislation
Depending on your activity you may also be subject to regulation by other agencies. Some examples include:
- Radiocommunications licensing, for communicating with satellites.
- Air traffic regulations.
- Maritime rules and regulations.
- Commonwealth, State and Territory bodies, such as environmental agencies.
This list is not exhaustive.
If you’re planning any of the activities above, early engagement will help us provide you with the information you need and answer any questions specific to your activity. You can contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.