Fees for doing business in space – ASA consultation

The Australian Space Agency (ASA) recently sought consultation on the fees (if any) to be charged for applications for various licenses under the new Space Activities (Launches and Returns) Act 2018. The fees potentially encompasses direct costs of the Agency itself (such as staff time assessing applications), as well as costs of engaging external technical expertise. ASA sought comments on: • Initial estimates of demand for approvals to conduct space activities; • How fees compare to overall costs for space – related projects (whether fees are a large proportion of overall costs); • A comparison of fees charged across the […]

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ANGELS will guide space start-ups

  The space industry is set to benefit from expert guidance from University of Adelaide lawyers on Australian and international laws that regulate their activities. The Australian Navigational Guide Explaining Laws for Space (ANGELS) website will be created in a project of the same name, by the University’s Adelaide Law School and law firm, International Aerospace Law & Policy Group (IALPG). A grant of nearly $100,000 from the Law Foundation of South Australia has financed the project. A board composed of experts from the Adelaide Law School and IALPG will oversee the project. Professor Melissa de Zwart, Dean of Law, […]

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Extending AFP search powers at Australian airports

Current stop, search and seize powers are under Division 3A of Part IAA (Div 3A) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) (Act) and extend to AFP Officers. Div 3A will expire on 7 September 2018. The Counter Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2018 (Cth) (Bill) is seeking to extend the provisions for a further 3 years (until 7 September 2021). If it is passed AFP officers will continue to have the power to stop, search, question and seize in all Commonwealth areas (e.g. federally leased airports which are Australia’s gateway to the world) if the officer suspects on reasonable grounds the person may have committed […]

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Firsts: EU-wide Drone Regulation and UTM for Australia

On 26 June 2018, the European Council adopted new Civil Aviation Regulations (Regulations), which include the first ever European Union (EU)-wide unmanned aircraft[i] (otherwise referred to as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS)) rules.[ii] The Regulations require RPAS operators to be registered and the aircraft themselves to be individually marked and identified under certain circumstances. It also requires States to digitally store and be able to exchange registration information. The Council’s adoption of these new rules signify a unified move forward from the previously fragmented approach to RPAS regulation across the EU. The introduction of a “risk and performance-based approach to […]

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Responding to 9/11 terrorist attacks—new international aviation laws criminalise jamming and spoofing of civil aircraft

On 1 July 2018 a new international convention came into effect.[i] Its purpose—to expand the hijacking offences under international law in response to the 9/11 attacks against the United States. Before 9/11, using civilian aircraft as a weapon was yet not contemplated in international law. After 9/11, the international community came together at a diplomatic conference on air law in Beijing in 2010 to address the new threats against civil aviation. The result was a new Convention – the Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation (Beijing Convention). The Beijing Convention was drafted along with […]

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Launching Space Prize Australia

Space Prize Australia is seeking to create a significant financial prize that will be awarded to a collaboration of enterprises that can demonstrate Australian space capability concurrently across all sectors of the space industry – that is, the launch of a wholly Australian made satellite, on an Australian rocket, from an Australian launch facility, operated by Australians, in Australia, using Australian ground control stations, and producing data that is commercialised in Australian user applications. Watch this space for further details of the Prize and the requirements to both contribute and apply.

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It Could be Time to Say Bye to Drone By-laws

There will be a battle in the High Court of Australia later this year between two Northern Territory entities, the Government’s Work Health Authority, and a hot air ballooning company, the result of which may have inadvertent consequences for drone users.[1] Under Commonwealth law, drone (otherwise known as “unmanned aircraft” or “remotely piloted aircraft [RPA]”) operations are regulated under the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR’s), specifically, Part 101 “Unmanned Aircraft and Rockets”. Many local governments however have also created their own by-laws to impose additional restrictions on drone activities.[2] Local governments are empowered by state legislation to create laws […]

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IALPG proud to sponsor Neighbour Day 2017

IALPG is proud to be a sponsor of Neighbour Day, being held at Oriel Park (127 Reeve St, Ascot Queensland) on 26 March 2017. National Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community. It encourages people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood. Neighbour Day is a free event however there is a fundraising aspect to the event as well. Many local business and community organisations as well as volunteers are donating their time and/or goods and services for this event. The aim is to raise money for the purchase and training of a service dog for a local resident who has […]

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Duncan Blake joins IALPG – new Space Law capability

International Aerospace Law & Policy Group welcomes its newest member of the team, Duncan Blake. After 22 years serving in the Royal Australian Air Force as a legal officer in postings at the tactical, operational and strategic level in Australia and deployed abroad, Duncan recently transferred to the Reserves and joined IALPG as a Consultant. He is recognised as a leading expert globally on the law of outer space in a military and strategic context. His experience spans legal support to military operations in all domains (land, sea, cyber, electronic and particularly air, as well as space). In addition to […]

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Fourth Australia & New Zealand Air Law Moot dates announced!

IALPG is pleased to announce that the 4th Australia and New Zealand Air Law Moot (ANZALM) will be hosted by the University of Adelaide Law School from 30 September – 2 October 2017! ANZALM will be held immediately after the 68th International Astronautical Congress (http://www.iac2017.org) providing an unparalleled opportunity for competitors to attend both events in one trip. Official website and further info to follow soon!

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