Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act 2017

9 When launch licence may be granted

(1)

The Minister may grant a launch licence only if the Minister is satisfied that—

(a)

the applicant is technically capable of conducting a safe launch; and

(b)

the applicant has taken, and will continue to take, all reasonable steps to manage risks to public safety; and

(c)

the applicant has an orbital debris mitigation plan that meets any prescribed requirements; and

(d)

the proposed launch or launches under the licence are consistent with New Zealand’s international obligations; and

(e)

the applicant and the proposed launch or launches meet any prescribed requirements.

(2)

The Minister may, despite being satisfied of all the matters in subsection (1), decline to grant a launch licence if the Minister is not satisfied that—

(a)

a proposed launch under the licence is in the national interest; or

(b)

the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a launch licence (see section 52); or

(c)

a person who is to have or is likely to have control over the exercise of the rights under the licence is a fit and proper person to have control over the exercise of rights under the licence (see section 52).

(3)

In considering the national interest for the purposes of subsection (2)(a), the Minister may have regard to—

(a)

economic or other benefits to New Zealand of the proposed launch:

(b)

any risks to national security, public safety, international relations, or other national interests:

(c)

the extent to which the risks can be mitigated by licence or permit conditions:

(d)

any other matters that the Minister considers relevant.

(4)

Before granting a launch licence, the Minister must consult the security Ministers in accordance with section 55.

(5)

The Minister must not grant a launch licence if a certificate is issued under section 55 in relation to the proposed launch.