JohnD wrote:This might be the time for some enterprising person to set up a clearing house, seeking room on launches and offering them to universities and businesses. For a fee, of course.
There are several, this is one of the first search responses:http://spaceflight.com/services/launch-services/
Tagline: "Buy a seat, not a rocket"
FWIW, I'm firmly in the camp of "Launching a Tesla = Awesome!" To launch a satellite or science payload on this, the owner-operator would have needed a self-sufficient spacecraft (not requiring more from the launch provider other than a "lift") that was OK with being put into an as-yet unknown orbit/trajectory (probably not conducive to the science they were seeking) which was launching at an unknown time (+/- a few weeks) and would be cool with watching their payload explode over the Cape and crash into the Atlantic.
I could potentially see a cubesat launcher as part of that payload, but that's about it.