The Next Space Shuttle Was 90% Complete. Then NASA Killed It

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But Why Look to Replace the Shuttle?

Super — complicated engineering incurs super — high costs

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The Space Shuttles heat tiles. Photo by Frank Zhang on Unsplash

Short-sighted politics

Lower-than-expected launch rate

VentureStar Looked Like the Perfect Solution

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The Bigger the Ambition the Bigger the Problems

Composite tank issues

The aerospike engine was too ambitious

A victim of politics

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