What happens if a commercial space launch vehicle explodes upon takeoff? The FAA’s “indemnification program” allows the government to share the cost with industry against injuries or property damage in such a potential disaster. Although that kind of insurance has not been used in more than 200 launches, the current program expires at the end of the year. So during a House Science space and aeronautics subcommittee hearing on June 6, lawmakers considered whether to extend the program, ...

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