Source: The Atlantic
quote: Brandon as sad as it is, the Space Shuttle is a relic. Unreliable, and expensive.
quote: the Soviets, who know a thing or two about rocket design and space flight
quote: Actually, the Soviets relied more on dumb luck and a willingness to just strap whatever the hell they had handy
quote: Not that the space shuttle wasn't a phenomenal piece of engineering. If they were to try to design it today it wouldn't get done (which is why we don't have a replacement).