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Arizona working to land own spaceport

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:15 am

Arizona's chances of landing a spaceport may be improving.

Without dissent the House voted Wednesday to spell out in law that companies offering space travel in the state can ask customers to sign a liability limiting their right to sue. More to the point, HB 2163 says such contracts are valid under Arizona law.

Rep. Ethan Orr, R-Tucson, who sponsored the legislation, said Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corp. hopes to offer space travel. But it needed the change in law to ensure it could get insurance coverage.

The measure, which now goes to the Senate, says any waiver of liability signed by a customer is not effective if the company offering the flight is guilty of gross negligence or the incident was intentionally caused.

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