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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Future of Spaceport America: 'Informed Consent' Waiver Deemed Key in 2013


New Mexico State University's WRWG-TV host Fred Martino and a studio audience ask questions of Spaceport America Executive Director Christine Anderson and Virgin Galactic Senior Program Manager Mark Butler earlier this month. The conversation turned to spaceflight liability and immunity legislation and its importance to the future of the commercial purpose spaceport.

Virginia was the first state in the nation to enact human spaceflight immunity and liability law in 2007. Virginia was followed by Florida in 2008. New Mexico enacted a more limited measure that failed to provide informed consent to the spacecraft supply chain.  Texas, Colorado and California have passed various forms of state 'informed consent.'

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