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The EPA is ready for lift off

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Source: Environmental Protection Authority – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: The EPA is ready for lift off

19 May 2017​​

The
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has received the pre-launch
notification for New Zealand’s first space vehicle test launch.

The
Mahia-based company Rocket Lab plans to launch its electron orbital space
vehicle in the coming weeks.

As
required by law, Rocket Lab has notified the EPA of its plans.

Rocket Lab
must also alert us 24 hours ahead of any launch, to reconfirm its plans, and
submit a post-launch report.

The EPA’s
role for space vehicle launches

The EPA is
responsible for protecting the environment by managing the effects of specific
activities offshore, in the Exclusive Economic Zone or Continental Shelf. This
includes regulating space vehicle launches that jettison material onto the
seabed.

Space
Vehicle launches are a permitted activity, which means people don’t have to
apply to us for permission – but they must follow certain rules.

The rules
include making sure material lands in the designated zones, and notifying the
EPA before any launches.

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