Democratization of space cannot happen until there is a good reason for “regular folks” to go into space. Space tourism at $250,000 per seat, or even $25,000 per seat is not reason enough.
Space people have been looking for a “killer app” for space for a long time. Nobody’s found one yet. I think we should stop looking for a killer app. I don’t think there is one.
There is one thing that has always driven the human race forward. Exploration of the unknown is a powerful drive, deep within the psyche of the human mind.
a real place to go is created, that provides real opportunities for the people who choose to go, I believe that there would be a renaissance in space. How can we get there? An O’Neill colony at the asteroids, if the society were carefully structured to not take advantage of people, could create the right incentives for people to go. To get there from here probably requires three things:
- low cost, safe access to space
- easy access to usable in-space resources
- leadership that is intent on sharing wealth with workers to provide a good incentive to risk everything to go into space
There are likely other things needed, as well, but that’s what I can think of for now.