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The EPA is ready for lift off

The EPA is ready for lift off

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.

Read Rocket Lab’s notification document

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.

Read more on the EPA website


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