|Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo model|
|Blue Origin Goddard prototype|
|NASA XPC Concept|
There are other potential players that didn't present in the conference such as Armadillo Aerospace, but the picture is clear - (suborbital) space tourism and research are rapidly evolving and over the next few years will become a hot arena for innovation and competition.
I really enjoyed the presentations, especially the atmosphere of collaboration and lack of even subtle dissing of everyone else - Vendors tended to focus on their capabilities and contribution to suborbital research rather than trying to push others aside, which was commendable. The answer for a related question about payload standardization I asked at the press conference that day validated this as well.
Since public outreach was one of the themes of the conference, the question of which one looks the coolest comes to mind. The winner is naturally SpaceShipTwo. Partially thanks to belonging to a well oiled company, especially when it comes to public relations, and partially due to it actually being amazingly slick, SpaceShipTwo (a.k.a. VSS Enterprise) just oozes public appeal, as seen in this video. An honorable mention goes to XCOR Lynx - it definitely looks slick and has a very short planned recycle time of two hours. Watch this video to see for yourselves.
I'm looking forward to seeing real videos of all of the above in action rather than the cool but not-real computer animations, or better yet - watching launches with my own eyes. Maybe I'll make a video when I'm on one of these vehicles... I promise to post it here if any of the vendors is willing to give me a ride...