Can I fly a rocket of any size with just an FAA waiver?

Could I fly a rocket on an orbital trajectory, like the SS-520? (Although for that I realize there are FCC and NOAA licenses on the satellites.)

Also what licensing would I need to actually build a rocket of that size (like LEUP) and to transport it to the launch location?

Lastly what kind of launch site/rocket inspection and launch oversite/NOTAM and other notices would I need?

Just to be clear: I am talking about experimental rocketry within the realms of Copenhagen suborbitals and CSXT, and I am not talking about NAR, tripoli or model rocketry.

I would be using ammonium perchlorate, aluminum powder, and iron oxide for solid. And liquid methane/LOX for an autogenous pressurization closed cycle gas generator engine.

I have already checked my townhall for applicable fire ordinances.

  • Yes over 4.4 ounces you need a LEUP (low explosives users permit) – user25300 Jun 5 at 20:01
  • What about transportation to bring it to a launch site would I need any permits? Also what agency would check to make sure my rocket is safe? – user25300 Jun 5 at 20:41
  • If you are the one launching it you would be the one right next to it, so it's up to you to be sure it is safe. As for transport, the explosives permit is what you need. It covers handling and storage in general, not just at your home or wherever you build it. – Putvi Jun 5 at 20:43
  • Thanks, but I heard you need to file a NOTAM and have an air traffic control representative controlling the self destruct button incase it goes into an unsafe trajectory. – user25300 Jun 5 at 20:46
  • Not all rockets have a self destruct button. The air traffic people likely won't come to you. You would have to just get FAA approval over the phone. – Putvi Jun 5 at 20:47

I don't know what fuel you use, but you would have to make sure you have a BATF license for the fuel if it is needed for whatever you are using.

The FAA wavier is fine for launching obviously, just make sure they understand how high you want to launch.

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