Rohrabacher Drops a Bomb: I Wouldn’t Set Foot on Commercial Spacecraft

Rep. Dan Rohrabacher
Rep. Dan Rohrabacher

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)  dropped a bomb today on his supporters in the commercial space industry by declaring that he would not personally fly on a commercial spacecraft.

The admission came on Wednesday during the House Science Committee’s markup of four commercial space measures. During a discussion relating to liability waivers, he admitted he wouldn’t fly on commercial space vehicles but feels that those who want to should be able to waive their rights to sue spaceflight operators and related parties.

The conservative House member is one of the commercial space industry’s biggest boosters on Capitol Hill. His backers might find his lack of faith disturbing.