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Minister decisions about space activities

The register of minister decisions to approve, vary, revoke or suspend Australian space activities.

This table highlights minister decisions to grant, vary, revoke, suspend or transfer a permit, licence or authorisation under the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018.

Application type

Applicant organisation

General description of the proposal

Notice of minister decision

Date of minister decision

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act) Skykraft Skykraft satellite Skykraft-1 and constellation spacecraft are technology demonstrators and pathfinders for the roll-out of a space-based Air Traffic Management constellation.

Granted

22/09/2022
Australian launch permit AT Space Pty Ltd A series of two suborbital launches and connected returns of the Hapith I launch vehicle from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, South Australia. Granted 24/06/2022
Launch facility licence Southern Launch Space Pty Ltd Launch facility at Whalers Way, Sleaford, South Australia to support up to two suborbital test launches. Granted 24/06/2022

Australian launch permit

Equatorial Launch Australia Pty Ltd

Suborbital launches of the Black Brant IX vehicle for the 2022 NASA scientific sounding rocket campaign from Arnhem Space Centre, Northern Territory.

Granted

24/05/2022

 

Launch facility licence

Equatorial Launch Australia Pty Ltd

Launch facility known as the Arnhem Space Centre, located in East Arnhem, Northern Territory. This facility licence is limited to the 2022 NASA scientific sounding rocket campaign.

Granted

24/05/2022

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

Fleet Space Technologies Pty Ltd

Fleet satellite Centauri-5 will provide communication with the Fleet network.

Granted

16/05/2022

Australian launch permit

Taiwan Innovative Space Inc.

Suborbital launch of Hapith I launch vehicle from Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, South Australia.

Granted

09/08/2021

Launch facility licence

SouthernLaunch.Space Pty Ltd

Launch facility at the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex at Sleaford, South Australia for a suborbital test launch campaign.

Granted

12/07/2021

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

Fleet Space Technologies Pty Ltd

Fleet satellite Centauri-4 will provide communication with the Fleet network.

Granted

25/05/2021

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

The University of Sydney

The CUAVA-1 satellite will collect research data from low earth orbit and transmit to the research team for use in scientific and engineering analyses undertaken by the CUAVA Centre and collaborators.

Granted

14/05/2021

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

EchoStar Global Australia Pty Ltd

Satellite ‘EchoStar Global – 3’ (EG-3), a communications satellite, will also be used to expand testing of the EchoStar mobile satellite service network.

Granted

10/05/2021

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

Curtin University

Satellite Binar-1 will test a number of systems designed by Curtin to be used in future satellites.

Granted

29/04/2021

Launch facility licence

SouthernLaunch.Space Pty Ltd

Mobile launch facility at Koonibba Test Range, South Australia for suborbital launches.

Granted

09/03/2021

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

Fleet Space Technologies Pty Ltd

Fleet satellite Centauri-3 will provide communication with the Fleet network.

Granted

05/02/2021

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

University of New South Wales

UNSW satellites M2-A and M2-B will test a number of systems designed by UNSW, including decoupling, artificial intelligence and space situational awareness capabilities.

Granted

02/02/2021

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

Myriota Pty Ltd

Myriota satellite ‘Myriota 7’ will provide direct-to-orbit satellite connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Granted

20/11/2020

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

Myriota Pty Ltd

Myriota satellite ‘Myriota 6’ will provide direct-to-orbit satellite connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Granted

20/11/2020

Overseas Payload 
Permit (2018 Act)

Myriota Pty Ltd

Myriota satellite ‘Myriota 5’ will provide direct-to-orbit satellite connectivity for the Internet of Things.

Granted

11/09/2020

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

EchoStar Global Australia Pty Ltd

Communications satellite (CubeSat) testing Internet of Things connectivity.

Granted

23/03/2020

Overseas Payload Permit (2018 Act)

EchoStar Global Australia Pty Ltd

Communications satellite (CubeSat) testing Internet of Things connectivity.

Granted

23/03/2020

Overseas Payload Permit (transitional)

The University of New South Wales

The M2 Pathfinder satellite (CubeSat) will test communications architecture and other technologies that will assist in informing future space capabilities.

Granted

13/02/2020

Overseas Payload Permit (transitional)

Space Environment Research Centre Limited

Payload mounted on a CubeSat to support research undertaken by the Space Environment Research Centre.

Granted

4/12/2019