Informed Consent Act shields private space firms in NM

9 03 2010

New Mexico has just signed into law the “Space Flight Informed Consent Act” – laying the foundation for shielding private spaceflight firms from retaliatory lawsuits in the event of an accident.  As lawsuits are one of the greatest threats to the private spaceflight industry, this legislative defense establishes a much-needed foundation.  Even though it only applies in New Mexico, (until future “spaceport” states follow suit,) I see the passage of this legislation as a fantastic sign that commercial space endeavours will be able to accept the risk inherent in spaceflight and continue moving forward.

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