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Partial answer to What if the LOX/LH2 tanks were located on the Orbiter instead of as a separate module? The original concept of the fully reusable shuttle system included an Orbiter with internal tankage such as you suggest. However, there was also a separate, much larger, reusable Booster (also with internal tankage) which carried the majority of the ...


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I found some experimentally predicted (not in-flight measured) fairing skin temperature plots for an Atlas/Centaur mission. See the paper for details, but the peak outer skin temperature was around 600-700 K. Source: Centaur/Surveyor nose fairing aerodynamic heating investigation


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