Gov. Martinez to sign limit on space travel liability

Posted at: 04/02/2013 8:36 AM
By: The Associated Press

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Truth or Consequences in southern New Mexico Tuesday afternoon to sign legislation to shield commercial space travel companies from some damage lawsuits.

The goal of the legislation is to keep Virgin Galactic as the anchor tenant at Spaceport America and attract more commercial space companies to New Mexico.

The Legislature approved the measure that Martinez has said is critical for New Mexico to develop a commercial space travel industry.

The liability limit would provide a partial legal shield for spacecraft manufacturers and their suppliers. British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic plans on flying tourists into space from the nearly complete spaceport.

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