Space Law in the Lone Star State

December 14, 2007 at 10:59 am | Posted in Space Law | 1 Comment

Texas Flagby P.J. Blount and the blog faculty
Space Access has announced that it might be launching its commercial spaceflights from Corpus Christi, TX. (msnbc.com). Space Access should be aware (and I’m sure they are) that Texas has some of its own space law.

They might be interested in the Texas Insurance Code ch. 494 which covers Reinsurance of Aircraft and Space Equipment Risks. Under the code’s definitions

“Space equipment” means a spacecraft, satellite, rocket, or other mandmade object that that may be:
(A)launched from earth into orbit around acelestial body or for space travel; or
(B)placed into orbit around a celestial body.

Space Access might also want to examine the Texas Local Government Code ch. 507 on Spaceport Development Corporations. These corporations can be created with the authorization of a county or a combination of one or more municipalities. The corporation is then coverned by the statute as it develops the spaceport. This satute does not go into effect until April 1, 1999.

Finally, the company may want to take advantage of the Government Code ch. 481.00066 which creates an aerospace and aviation office which is to “be responsible for the promotion and developments of spaceports in” Texas. The Texas Aerospace and Aviation Office Stragtegic Plan 2003-2007 might be of interest as well.

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  1. [...] Kenedy County Texas Passes on Spaceport February 6, 2008 at 10:22 am | In Aerospace Law Interfaces | by P.J. Blount and the blog faculty It is being reported that Kenedy County Texas has decided not to offer land to Space Access to develop a spaceport (UPI via RedOrbit News). The story states the Space Access is looking at several Texas sites. For the legal implications of a spaceport in Texas see Space Law in the Lone Star State. [...]


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