NM Officials Seek Liability Waiver to Protect Space Tourism Operators

An artist's conception of a Virgin Galactic flight above Spaceport America in New Mexico
An artist's conception of a Virgin Galactic flight above Spaceport America in New Mexico

Spaceport officials seek way to reduce liability
Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico spaceport officials said Wednesday they’ll again seek legislation that would effectively reduce legal liability for companies that launch from Spaceport America.

The proposed bill would require that passengers on spaceflights sign a consent form, acknowledging the risks of the trip, said Fred Mondrag-n, economic development secretary and chairman of the state’s spaceport authority.

“It would be basically very similar to what you sign when you go into a hospital,” said Mondrag-n, who attended a spaceport authority meeting in Las Cruces. “You acknowledge there are dangers and side effects and things like that.”

Mondrag-n said the proposed bill has the effect of reducing liability that’s tied to general risks associated with flights. But “it doesn’t provide liability from gross negligence or anything like that,” he said.

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