Of course, it should also help to reduce the cost of space travel in general, thus giving us additional resources for adding satellites and orbital research stations and, oh, whatever else space is good for. Personally, I just want to go into space; the rest is just a bonus.
SpaceShipOne wins the X-Prize. For the first time, a commercial space ship has made it repeatedly into space and returned within a short period of time. As a consequence, aside from making history, they win the $10,000,000 X-Prize to get their company going on the dream of space travel for tourism and industry.