As the title states, if a space shuttle 2.0 were to be built with current technology, in which ways or areas might it be superior to the original space shuttle?
Which components are most ripe for improvement using current technology and how big would be the gained advantage by this improvement?
- vertical launch, horizontal landing orbiter
- ability to lift at least 25 tons to LEO
- supports a maximum of 7 crew members for at least 14 days
Goal of the question: Exercise to illustrate advancements in spaceflight technologies in the last several decades.