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Florida bill says companies like SpaceX retain ownership of fallen hardware

5 May 2021, 11:45 UTC
Florida bill says companies like SpaceX retain ownership of fallen hardware
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The parachute cover from SpaceX’s Demo-2 Crew Dragon was recovered by a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico, and now sits in a private memorabilia collection belonging to a SpaceX investor. According to a new bill just passed in Florida, artifacts like these belong to the spaceflight company that originally sent them to space. Image via Steve Jurvetson.
Four astronauts splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico on May 2, 2021, completing SpaceX’s first commercial crew long-duration mission (168 days) aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The capsule – Crew Dragon Resilience – shed parts on its way down, purposely ejecting the exterior panels to expose and deploy parachutes. These ocean-cast doors may appear discarded, but – once a new bill becomes law – such artifacts will remain the property of the “spaceflight entity,” in this case SpaceX. That’s according to the new Spaceflight Assets bill, affirmed by Florida’s legislature on April 26. The bill, which had the support of SpaceX, is now awaiting signature of Florida governor Ron DeSantis. When enacted, the law will go into effect on July 1.
A description of the bill states that it:
Provides spaceflight entity retains ownership of spaceflight asset after ...

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