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Project SS 19/03 - Consequential amendments to Subpart 101.H of CASR resulting in the Australian Space Agency rule changes
Between February and May 2019 CASA was consulted by the Australian Space Agency (ASA) to establish a revised legislative definition for high power rocket (HPR). The new, revised definition is contained in the High Power Rocket Rules, made under the revised Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018.
The new definition of high power rocket and other general and insurance rules, were publicly consulted (20 May 2019 to 14 June 2019) and were made on 31 August 2019. The rules come into effect on 30 June 2020. The new definition is set out in section 5 is as follows:
5 Definition of high power rocket
For the purposes of the definition of high power rocket in section 8 of the Act, an object is a high power rocket if:
- it is a rocket propelled by a motor or motors with a combined total impulse greater than 889,600 Newton seconds; or
- it is a rocket propelled by a motor or motors with a combined total impulse greater than 40,960 Newton seconds and is fitted with a system or systems that allow active control of its trajectory.
If CASA does not amend its regulation, there will be two separate regulatory rulesets dealing with high powered rockets after 30 June 2020. Two separate regulatory rules sets could potentially lead to confusion for the Australian rocket industry, due to the differing risk management of rocket applications across the two agencies, not to mention the inefficient use of government resources.
To ensure there is appropriate regulatory delineation between agency responsibilities, the definition of high power rocket as currently contained in Subpart 101.H of CASR, will need to be reviewed and amended to align with the definition now adopted in the regulatory framework and legislation administered by the ASA. For the purpose of civil aviation safety, CASA must also provide for regulation 101.030 of CASR area approvals, for launch of a space object and return of a space object, as these objects travel through airspace regulated by CASA.
This project is associated with Subpart 101.H of CASR.
|Consultation updates in 2019|
|Project SS 19/03 - Consequential amendments to Subpart 101.H of CASR resulting in the Australian Space Agency rule changes||Project approved.||19 September 2019|
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