It's been said that if piloting skills and speed were ever taken into account then an hour would be the absolute minimum amount of time it would take, so don't think you would ever get there faster than an hour.
It takes about 8 minutes from launch for the U.S. space shuttle to reach space.
I know were in a long time ago in a galaxy far away, but one would think an x-wing or corellian freighter would not be 15 times slower than the shuttle. Reminds me of Spaceballs. I guess the earth shuttle has a ludicrous speed overdrive. :P
Nice calibrations there, devs.
Did you not read Mikel's post? Its not necessarily because thats how it was/could be, but because this is a game, played by people around the planet. Its the same reason that fire delays (the time you need to wait between shots) for the weapons are listed in hours. Its to allow other players elsewhere to react to you before being killed or whatnot.
I agree with Elias and Mikel. If you really need an IC way to think about why it takes so long, think about the traffic. All of the incomming and outgoing ships need to take an orderly path. With so many ships in the galaxy it's easy to see how there can be traffic jams creating long waiting times to reach Atmo or the surface.
The example of 8 minutes for one shuttle in no traffic on earth. Think about an 8 mile (8 minutes at avg 60 mph) drive on any freeway in any major city. Do you really think you can travel that far in 8 minutes? The answer is no, because there are so many cars out there that you can't do the max speed. You are forced to go as fast as the slowest person in front of you. I've once spent about 4 hours to go close to 8 miles on an interstate highway due to traffic.
Well, that argument is fine for a heavily populated planet, but it doesn't really apply to one with a population of one. Not that I'm arguing with the time-frame we have now, just wanting to point out the falacy of the 'traffic' excuse.