Slight mistake here, as Pratt and Wittney won the contract for the main engine and not Rocketdyne.while engineers at McDonnell and Rocketdyne set to work beginning to turn the designs of the LTV and the LTME into reality.
Anyway; lovely update. I also loved the part with ION, as it had a nice narrative towards it and showed the ups and downs of the developmental process. And finally the European's are jumping on board with the reusability train that's been going for a decade with HOTOL (!!!), meaning all the major groups should soon has a reuseable launcher; with TPLI as Japan's/second American launcher, STS, the Soviet's/Russians (and Ukrainian's although their's is much smaller). Well, China hasn't really been mentioned but they may be a bit low key for this timeline to be worth the research necessary.