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VentureStar was a single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) launch system proposed by Lockheed Martin with the intention of replacing the Space Shuttle.

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From a strictly engineering standpoint, would Venturestar have worked as an SSTO?

In looking at the questions here and here, I'm wondering - was the VentureStar platform doomed from the start (in ways nobody could foresee), or was it only the cooling problems with aerospike engines ...
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Was VentureStar a bad design or simply ahead of its time?

VentureStar was (IMHO) a pretty cool design; a reusable space plane designed for low running costs and rapid turn-around seems like just what the world needs. However, it was cancelled in 2001 due to (...