Airspace Safety Area

In order to facilitate the safety of air navigation during a launch, temporary Restricted and Danger Areas are prescribed surrounding the launch area. The Civil Aviation Authority designates the appropriate special use airspace that is used for events such as the Rocket Lab launch. The exact date and time the special use airspace becomes active will be advised via a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). 

Restricted and Danger Areas may be in place between 12:30pm - 5:30pm from  Friday 8 December - Sunday 17 December.

Pilots are advised of any airspace changes at the Airways Internet Flight Information Service. Further details can be found in the Aeronautical Information Publication Supplement.

The temporary restrictions also apply to drones. The launch tracking systems can interfere with drone systems and potentially cause significant damage to equipment. Therefore, we ask that all members of the press refrain from the use of drones.

Any feedback about Rocket Lab’s operations is welcome via our hotline number - 0800 110 623 -  or

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