Yep, that's Jim alright--Payload processing
. He and Scott Lowther over at www.up-ship.com
had it out briefly:
Bye the Bye, what caused USA-193 to fail? Could it be that it wasn't closed out properly? Um..wasn't that your line of work?
Soon after launch John Locker in the UK reported that the NROL-21 satellite failed within hours of its launch and the solar arrays never deployed.
Yep. SSTO is virtually unworkable, but there's no reason a two-stage rocket can't be reusable.
China looks to be doing work on their own spaceplane: