posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 04:46 PM
Not sure if this should be in the Aircraft Projects bit, and Im not 100% sure what your question is precisely, but consider this:
1. The shuttle is now 25 years old.
2. The shuttle never fulfilled its mission criteria
3. The shuttle never fulfilled its costings budget
Basically, for all its coolness factor, the shuttle is a dismal failure. It was supposed to bring the cost of space travel down massively, instead
its still 10 times more expensive than a 35 year old Russian vehicle per launch.
Personally, I dont believe that the US government has much beyond the F-22 tech, certainly no 'top secret space craft' or hypersonic airplanes in
normal usage. The next gen space craft will bne done in the standard way.