Outer Space and High-altitude Activities (Licences and Permits) Regulations 2017

Requirements for orbital debris mitigation plan

13 Requirements for orbital debris mitigation plan

(1)

This regulation prescribes requirements for an orbital debris mitigation plan for the purpose of sections 9(1)(c), 17(1)(b), 25(1)(c), and 33(1)(b) of the Act.

(2)

An orbital debris mitigation plan must,—

(a)

if the applicant is following a standard or guidelines of an international or any other body that relates to the mitigation of orbital debris, specify the standard or guidelines; and

(b)

if the plan has been assessed by a person or body that is independent of the applicant, specify that person or body and the result of the assessment; and

(c)

specify the mitigation measures taken or intended to be taken that relate to orbital debris, which measures must be sufficient to ensure that—

(i)

the release of debris during the normal operations of the vehicle or, as the case may be, the payload is limited; and

(ii)

the potential for break-up of the vehicle or, as the case may be, the payload while in orbit is minimised; and

(iii)

the potential for the vehicle or, as the case may be, the payload to collide with debris other than debris released in the course of the activity to which the licence or permit relates is minimised; and

(iv)

at the end of the activity to which the licence or permit relates, the vehicle or, as the case may be, the payload is disposed of in a way that minimises risks to, or in, Earth’s environment and in the space environment (including the risk of collisions).