While the X-37, a product of Boeing's "Phantom Works" at Lambert Field, in St Louis, does not carry people, it is a reusable space vehicle, which should cut down on costs. Also, not being man rated it should be even cheaper.
Here is an item on an early drop test from the (Scaled Composites of Mojave, California) White Knight. The actual launch into space will be via an Atlas:
Tucked inside the shroud of an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), the winged craft will be boosted out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, orbit the Earth and then make an auto-pilot landing in California.We land UAVs every day in a remote fashion and the Soviet Union landed a Space Shuttle size vehicle on auto-pilot after boosting it into space. This should work out fine.
Regards — Cliff