Calling NASA's 'rewards' for future space based accomplishments is like me betting you $5 you can launch a model rocket over 10,000 feet in the air. You are going to spend a LOT more getting the project that is obviously accomplishable done, just to get a check from NASA that means nothing to them?
Obviously this logic falls on deaf Ears where Mr. Allen is concerned, and considering how PRACTICAL SSO is to use, I think he made a safe bet..
Orbiting or more, is a WHOLE nother ball game. The cost per Pax is staggering, and as for the rest of the possible applications, another moon/planet would have to be made of "gold" to make it worth it..
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have serious reservations that spaceflight will become a commonplace tourism (or adventurism) industry anytime soon as is being curently hyped.
I agree. If flying were easy and not dangerous, and no one crashed and died in the early days, a LOT more people would have jumped on the bandwagon.
There are going to have to be a LOT more sucessful flights of SSO's sucessors before the real general public will lay the money down with out much question. This is not to say there will not be a lot of adventurers, but making one of those flights as common as an 'airline' will not happen soon.