MIL OSI –
Source: Environmental Protection Authority – Press Release/Statement:
Headline: The EPA is ready for lift off
19 May 2017
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has received the pre-launch
notification for New Zealand’s first space vehicle test launch.
Mahia-based company Rocket Lab plans to launch its electron orbital space
vehicle in the coming weeks.
required by law, Rocket Lab has notified the EPA of its plans.
must also alert us 24 hours ahead of any launch, to reconfirm its plans, and
submit a post-launch report.
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
Vehicle launches are a permitted activity, which means people don’t have to
apply to us for permission – but they must follow certain rules.
include making sure material lands in the designated zones, and notifying the
EPA before any launches.