This was a insightful comment about the Space Shuttle. What is your opinion? Please comment either pro or con..
Now that the last Space Shuttle has landed safely, it is time to judge the whole program. The original purpose of the Space Shuttle was to achieve low cost and routine space transportation. NASA originally promised that all development costs would be amortized and expected costs to be about $100 per payload pound. Production of expendable rockets was stopped. Unfortunately, the real cost of Shuttle missions has been about $1.5-billion per flight and payload capacity never reached within seven tons of the design point. In short, the Shuttle cost far more than the expendable launch vehicles by about an order of magnitude. What would the resources wasted on the Space Shuttle have bought if a more cost effective system had been used over the past three decades?