The Channel News Asia article New Zealand launches into space race with 3D-printed rocket says:

New Zealand has created new rocket legislation and set up a space agency in anticipation of becoming a low-cost space hub.

It sounds like space launch is new to New Zealand. What are the main issues addressed, or characteristics of the new body of rocket-related legislation that needed to be created?


I can't imagine that New Zealand had any rocket launches before Rocket Labs, especially with this quote - "Nobody thought to get into the space industry (before now)".

It sounds like this legislation is setting up the basic framework required to get involved in the space industry. New Zealand's space agency was created in April 2016, after ground broke on Launch Complex 1.

  • $\begingroup$ I was hoping for something more earth-shattering and ground-breaking, then realized that the creation of a space agency where none existed before certainly counts - thanks! $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jun 11 '17 at 10:20

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