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Friday, September 21, 2012

California Sixth State to Adopt Informed Consent Human Spaceflight Regime

Gov. Brown signs 'informed consent'
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today (September 21, 2012) signed a bill to boost the commercial space-travel sector in California. Assembly Bill 2243 (Knight) limits liability for space-flight companies, notes ParabolicArc's Doug Messier.

“California aerospace pioneers like Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and the Spaceship Company are blazing a path to the stars with commercial space travel,” said Governor Brown. “This bill allows commercial space-travel companies to innovate and explore without the worry of excessive liability.”
 
SpaceShipTwo test flight in 2012
California has long been known as a place that breaks down barriers and fosters innovation – from social movements like environmentalism to the start-up culture of Silicon Valley,” said Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson. “The teams at Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company are forging entirely new paths in travel, science and exploration, and this legislation will ensure that California continues to be a place that looks forward – and not back.”
 
California follows Virginia (2007), Florida (2008), New Mexico, Texas and Colorado in adopting an "informed consent" regime. The six aerospace states are in a commercial spaceport competition to draw new private investment for space launch infrastructure and human spaceflight expected to grow over the balance of the decade. Alabama and Hawaii may consider a similar measure in the future.

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