An extension of New Mexico’s spaceflight informed consent law has cleared the Legislature, clearing the way for Gov. Susana Martinez to sign it.
The measure extends liability protections to spacecraft manufacturers and suppliers in the event that passengers are injured or killed in spaceflight.
Virgin Galactic has threatened to pull out of a 20-year lease on Spaceport America if the protections were not extended. The company is both a manufacturer and operator of space vehicles. Virgin Galactic also said the legislation is needed to attract other tenants to the spaceport.