The Orbiter bay is the size it is specifically to be able to launch specific USAF satellites, and since the gov't was paying, this was their one primary requirement.<quoted text>
NASA should have considered a new shuttle fleet with shuttles that are about 1/3 the size they were and a cabin ejection system similar to what the F-111 had. Iím a fan of NASA and worked down the road from Johnson Space Center. I just donít think they are going in the right direction as far as man space exploration goes.
Everything else about the Orbiter design was cost cutting decisions to accommodate their 1 primary requirement.