New Zealand's space programme is taking off, but are there risks?

New Zealand's role in outer space is gaining momentum, bringing increased opportunities - but with that comes risks, including concerns the new technologies could be weaponised.

Documents obtained by Newshub show 20 applications for space or high-altitude activities have been made to the New Zealand Space Agency since 2017.

But the spike in space activity raises concerns about the technology being abused and used for nefarious purposes.

New Zealand Space Agency head Peter Crabtree told Newshub it depends who's using the technology and for what.

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