I think what stood out to me was Kepler as the weakest link. ESA successfully building a lifeboat capsule and getting it flying seemed very fast for how little institutional experience those guys have at this point. IRL they barely finished design studies for Hermes, let alone fabricate anything for it.
As it is, this TL redeems STS as it was built, Right Side Up redeems STS as it was intended, and Eyes Turned Skyward is Von Braun’s legacy writ large. They all asspull a little bit to make space bigger than it is today or was historically, but that’s okay. It’s what we’re here for.
I can't disagree with any of this.