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The Traffic Light System (TLS) is an optional and free-of-charge pre-application stage which aims to help prospective applicants for an orbital operator licence determine their readiness to submit an application and to prepare for the ensuing application process.
The TLS assessment is based on a small subset of information and will provide the prospective applicant with a non-binding Red/Amber/Green rating, which provides an initial estimate on the likelihood of the proposed operations presenting an acceptable level of risk.
The TLS rating is non-binding and does not guarantee that a licence will be granted upon submission of a formal application.
The purpose of the TLS is:
The ratings indicate three likely, but non-binding, outcomes of the application:
Prospective applicants are not obliged to use the Traffic Light System and can submit an application for an orbital operator licence without having first received a Traffic Light rating. However, we recommend that new operators, and all operators hoping to launch novel types of missions, make use of the Traffic Light System.
Persons or companies intending to carry out one or more of the following activities in outer space must apply to the CAA for a UK licence under the OSA and/or the SIA:
Persons or companies acting as an employee or agent of another organisation do not need to apply for a licence where the organisation on whose behalf they are acting has already received the relevant authorisations to carry out activities in outer space.
The regime under which an application must be submitted will depend upon the geographic location from which the activities are being carried out and the nationality of the entity carrying out the activity.
*Space Activities carried out by UK nationals in the UK will previously been licensed under the Outer Space Act 1986.
In all cases, applicants should use the standardised application form for Orbital Operator Licences
We recognise the broad diversity of activities in outer space and adopts a flexible approach to licensing. We encourage potential applicants to get in touch as early as possible to discuss the best way forward for their proposals.
New applicants or applicants with novel mission proposals may wish to consider using the optional pre-engagement Traffic Light System, which will provide an initial, non-binding, Regulator view on the risk levels associated with the mission.
Please read the Guidance for orbital operator licence applicants and licensees, ‘OSA Guidance for Applicants’ and/or ‘SIA Guidance for Applicants’ document(s) carefully before submitting an application.
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