It’s not what most people think of when they hear the term “space suit,” but a bill in the Colorado legislature would limit legal actions against companies ferrying passengers into the final frontier.
Senate Bill 35 is meant to help promote a fledgling space industry in Colorado whose hub is planned to be at Front Range Airport, east of Denver near Watkins.
The airport has applied to the Federal Aviation Administration to be a spaceport, a designation that would allow it to horizontally launch space-bound jets, which would then fire rockets at 50,000 feet, hurtling them into a suborbital path.
Eventually, that could allow passengers, or cargo, to reach faraway destinations on Earth quickly — like Australia in an hour — and it would promote space tourism. The Colorado spaceport’s method would differ from a spaceport being built in southern New Mexico, where vehicles would launch vertically.
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