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|That kinda sucks. I agree with Glyn: The best way, imo, to get people and payloads into space is to fly there, not shoot/rocket there. It's less stress on payload, riders, and equipment, and generates (generally) far less space junk and waste.|
Further, future space exploration, if you have a small capital ship, having support shuttles that are reusable is much more sensible than having to use rockets for descent and ascent. The Lunar lander worked on Luna because the Moon has low gravity. But if we're talking Earth-like planets, it becomes more of an issue. And shuttles would also be more useful for transferring people between space ships.