Many good improvements since inception
The new lighter weight designs are stronger and provide more stability
With the way technology is advancing, it is possible to reuse the ET, and I believe this is an idea that will happen in the near future.
Porter Bridwell, the Director of Institutional and program support said it best, “The ET is a proven, reliable piece of hardware. The recently completed reassessment has only reinforced my conviction that the tank will provide reliable service for many years to come and will be the basis for many innovative adaptations”