|Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper|
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Colorado Governor to Sign Spaceflight Liability Limitation at the National Space Symposium
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, attending the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, will today sign into law a bill that will position Colorado to capitalize on significant new opportunities in commercial space transportation and tout the state's plan for a new commercial mile high spaceport.
The new law limits liability for companies that would operate space flights from the proposed Spaceport Colorado. It becomes the next state, after Virginia, Florida, Texas and a more limited version enacted by New Mexico for Virgin Galactic, to limit liability exposure of the commercial launch provider/operators. Virginia passed the first liability limitations in 2007 setting the benchmark for other states.
"Commercial space offers a wealth of opportunities and Colorado intends to be at the forefront of the industry," said Hickenlooper. "The signing of this bill represents our collective next step as a state to testing the limits of space."