An unusual issue has brought New Mexico’s legal climate into question: trips to outer space. New Mexico has long sought to be a leader in the space travel industry, recently spending $209 million to complete a spaceport. The spaceport is intended for use by private companies that take tourists on commercial flights to space.
Unfortunately, New Mexico’s poor legal climate has consistently gotten in the way of the state’s space tourism ambitions. Because of liability issues, many space companies have refused to locate in New Mexico. Finally, one company, Virgin Galactic, agreed to operate in New Mexico. But the agreement is conditional: Virgin Galactic will leave if the state doesn’t pass legal reform.