Authorisation of Return of Overseas-Launched Space Objects (AROLSO) - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this authorisation if you intend to return a specific space object, or series of space objects, that were launched from a specific launch facility outside Australia to an area or place within Australia.

A space object consists of a launch vehicle and a payload that the launch vehicle is to carry into or back from an area beyond the distance of 100 km above mean sea level.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to receive this authorisation you must:

  • Have the necessary competence to carry out the return;
  • Meet the insurance/financial requirements;
  • Satisfy the Agency that the return has a low as reasonably practicable probability of substantial harm to public health. safety or property;
  • Satisfy the Agency that the space object will not contain a nuclear weapon or weapon of mass destruction of any other kind;
  • Satisfy the Agency that there are no national security, foreign policy or international obligations that cannot be met if registration is authorised; and
  • Demonstrate that all necessary environmental approvals under Australian law and an adequate environmental plan, contained in an approved application form along with all supporting documentation.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified in the authorisation.



$10 000



Application for Authorisation of Return of Overseas Launched Space Object (AROLSO) - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Space Coordination Office

Act(s) name

Space Activities Act 1998 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Space Activities Regulations 2001 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Space Coordination Office

Operating address:
Industry House
10 Binara Street
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9839
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6213 6000


13 28 46


02 6213 7000


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