Jan 012013

… isn’t gravity. It’s lawyers.

“Spaceport America Could Become a Ghost Town”

In short: trial lawyers in New Mexico are using their lackeys in government to make sure than spacecraft manufacturers and their suppliers can be sued out of existence. They have succeeded in making sure that the laws in California favor the lawyers… and so surprise, surprise, space tourism companies are *leaving* California.

A lesson not only for the space advocacy crowd, but for anyone interested in having a functional economy of *any* kind. It’s about time to have a national conversation about common-sense trial lawyer control laws, don’t you think?

 Posted by at 1:45 pm
  • publiusr

    This doesn’t surprise me a bit. Me, I would have had a very limited lawsuit immunity–a cap to start-up aerospace damages at no more than 100 000 bucks. No cover to Boeing, since delta II upper stages seem to like to smash into village huts overseas.