Flight safety code

Date published:
1 August 2019

The Flight Safety Code supports the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 and relevant legislative instruments. It is referred to in the Space (Launches and Returns) General Rules and High Power Rocket Rules.

The code provides a quantitative approach to ensuring risks associated with certain civil space and high power rocket activities in Australia are as low as reasonably practicable. It should be used when applying for:

  • Australian launch permits
  • high power rocket permits
  • certain return authorisations.

The Flight Safety Code’s risk hazard analysis provides methods to:

  • identify potential hazards during launches or returns that may cause harm to public health and safety
  • analyse the risks associated with these hazards
  • develop measures to minimise those risks and ensure they remain below the established launch safety standards.