New Mexico Senate Passes Commercial Space Liability Protection Measure

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Senate OKs liability bill for spaceport
Associated Press

Legislation aimed at protecting New Mexico’s spaceport from liability while the commercial space industry tackles the hazards of space flight was approved Friday on a 37-0 vote in the state Senate.

The approval is a victory for spaceport director Steve Landeene, who has portrayed the bill as critical to developing the $200 million complex located 45 miles north of Las Cruces.

“We’re not quite there yet, but it was great seeing the Senate give us unanimous support,” Landeene said.

The legislation, which next goes to the House, outlines risks of space flight and requires companies taking anyone into space to obtain a signed waiver where the passenger acknowledges inherent dangers.

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