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Jeff Bezos and Other Space Tourists Fly at Their Own Risk

Regulators, lawmakers and industry executives are debating whether to introduce tougher rules for the currently self-regulated space-tourism industry.

6/11/2021 7:00:00 AM

Next month, Jeff Bezos plans to join the small band of tourists who have flown in space. For now, they aren't protected by the federal safety rules that govern commercial air travel.

Regulators, lawmakers and industry executives are debating whether to introduce tougher rules for the currently self-regulated space-tourism industry.

Updated June 10, 2021 11:00 pm ETWhen Jeff Bezos climbs into the New Shepard capsule for its first passenger trip to space next month, his safety will be almost entirely in the hands of the spaceflight company he founded two decades ago.Mr. Bezosplans to join the small band of tourists who have flown in space

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as the emerging industry prepares to launch hundreds of people aloft. For now, they aren’t protected by the meticulous federal safety regulations that govern commercial air travel.Passengers planning a ride on the New Shepard must sign a form waiving their right to sue Mr. Bezos’s Blue Origin LLC in the event of an accident. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc., which plans to send paying passengers on its space plane as early as next year, requires a similar step.

Congress agreed in 2004 to let the space-tourism industry self-regulate to speed its preparations for passenger flights. Years of delays, includingan accident that killeda Virgin Galactic test pilot in 2014, have pushed back the start of flights for fare-paying passengers. The policy has been extended several times and now runs until October 2023. headtopics.com

The Federal Aviation Administration’s jurisdiction is limited to protecting public safety and the environment during launches and re-entries, a spokesman for the agency said. “Congress has not allowed the FAA to extend its authority to the safety of crew or space flight participants,” the spokesman said.

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