Jerry Brown Signs California’s Commercial Space Liability Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO (Gov. Brown’s Office) -– Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a bill to boost the commercial space-travel sector in California. Assembly Bill 2243 (Knight) limits liability for space-flight companies.

“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.”

“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.”

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  • What about those reports a couple of months ago that the efficacy of the bill had been gutted?

  • Yeah, the bill was pretty ripped up in the Legislature. There’s limited civil liability instead of immunity. Not sure precisely what that means. The strategy in Mojave seems to be, We got something through (first time ever) and we’ll try to strengthen the measure next year. It was introduced by Assemblyman Steve Knight, who is running for State Senate this year. There is hope that if he wins he’ll be a better position make changes next year.

    Knight, by the way, was born at Edwards and is son of the late X-15 test pilot and state assemblman Pete Knight. The son currently holds his father’s old seat. So, he’s sort of royalty out here, to the extent that anyone is out here in the High Desert.