Shruti Gurudanti, Rose Law Group partner and director of the firm’s space law department, weighs in on Florida bill limiting the liabilities of private spaceflight companies

By Denise Chow | NBC News

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law a spaceflight bill that protects companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin from legal liability if crewmembers or passengers are injured or killed during missions.

The Spaceflight Entity Liability bill, or CS/SB 1318, was one of 27 bills he signed a day after launching his campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination during an event on Twitter with its owner, Elon Musk, who is also the CEO of SpaceX.

The new law effectively shields SpaceX and other commercial space companies from lawsuits in the event that anyone on their rockets or capsules are seriously hurt or killed.

The bill now requires crewmembers and passengers to acknowledge the risks of spaceflight by signing a waiver that contains the following statement: “WARNING: Under Florida law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant or crew in a spaceflight activity provided by a spaceflight entity if such injury or death results from the spaceflight activity.”

Injuries may include damage to land, people, equipment and animals, in addition to “the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death,” according to the bill.


“The law limits exposure to aerospace companies in the event of accidental damages or injuries to the space crew. It does not abrogate companies from all liabilities.”

Shruti Gurudanti, Rose Law Group partner, director of corporate transactions, and head of the firm’s space law department

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May 2023