Orbital

 

How will passenger transportation to orbit work . . .

. . . brand-wise? Familiar names.

. . . in terms of business development? Prime contractors, joint ventures, and technology transfer providers.

. . . in terms of compliance? The FAA has an Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

. . . in terms of design? The safest configuration for passenger spacecraft.

. . . demographically? Most people who want to go are in Asia. The highest interest in space is in the poorest countries. Rich countries are not really interested in space.

. . . financially? Farsighted investors, long-term investors and patient investors will provide the pre-seed funds to launch the most innovative companies.

. . . in terms of human resources? All skills are needed but only those interested in going to space will actually go.

. . . operationally? Regularly scheduled flights under all conditions: rain, wind and orbital debris.

. . . in terms of privacy? One reason people want space travel is to recover the privacy which air travel has taken away.

. . . in terms of reputation? Safety is everything.

. . . in terms of risk? Safety is everything.

. . . in terms of security? Almost by definition, this is not a subject for open discussion.