Is the World Ready for High-Speed Intercontinental Package Delivery (Yet)?

Authors:

Mr. Derek Webber

Spaceport Associates
Abstract:

An argument was made at the previous Arcachon Conference on Private Human Access to Space in 2008 that some systematic market research should be conducted into potential market segments for point-to-point suborbital space transportation (PtP), in order to understand whether a commercial market exists which might augment possible government use for such a vehicle. The cargo market potential was subsequently addressed via desk research, and the results, which resulted in a pessimistic business case outlook, were presented in . The same desk research approach is now used in this paper to address the potential business and wealthy individual passenger traveler market segment (“point-to-point people with purpose”). The results, with the assumed ticket pricing, are not encouraging.


Bibliographic Reference:

Webber, Derek, “Point-to-Point People with Purpose: (Exploring the Possibility of a Commercial Traveler Market for Point-to-Point Suborbital Space Transportation)”, AA-2-2001-22, 2nd International IAA Conference on Private Human Access to Space, Arcachon, France, 2011