The commercialization of space is here and now in the current period. We saw an X-Prize-winning spaceship and took home the check for $ 10 million. In fact Burt Rutan, Paul Allen and Sir Richard Branson were the first to launch a private spacecraft into space. Yes they were the first, but they are not the only company working on this.
Many other companies are working on private spacecraft, which will be used to take space tourists into orbit and finally to the moon. As a matter of fact, some people currently have such ambitions and dreams to curb the market of space tourism.
One spacecraft in their newly formed company already has over 35,000 people on a waiting list to enter space and already has deposits in the bank. But what is the most efficient way to launch a private spacecraft?
Is it better to send it from a mother ship, carrying it or is it better to launch it from the ground? Some believe it may be easier to float the spacecraft up a huge balloon into the upper atmosphere and then launch from there.
In fact there are competing theories about what to do and how to do it. A spaceship proved that it could be made by flying to a height of 40,000 feet while sailing from there. Of course in the past NASA and USAF launched rocket aircraft from huge cargo aircraft or bombers.
In the end we will see one method proving that it is more efficient than another method and perhaps this is the one used by most private space companies. Think about this in 2006.