5 years... maybe sooner.
Virgin Galactic already has a sizable waiting list of people who have gone. I'm sure when they get going - it'll be the thing to do. Pop-stars and other celebrities will do it for themselves, as a promotion, or both.
Perhaps another "spaceline" will promote it as the more private/purist version of Virgin Galactic - no fanfare, etc. Both can work and perhaps some people may ditch their non-refundable deposit to avoid the spotlight and just enjoy a more pure experience.
I personally think there should be a lottery for a seat or two for your "average joes/janes"
Hey Shalin or any one else,
Can you guys weigh in on this?
I know that we have the prototype rocket planes, but how soon do you guys realistically expect this tech in "mass market". I use that term "mass market" very loosely as each trip costs US$150,000 to 200,000 Euro and the masses can't afford that.
5 years, 10 years, or 15???
I mean they still have to deal with safety of flight issues and other things like cach