The space shuttle was ultimately a vehicle for delivering crew and cargo to orbit.
This task is accomplished for less money by the falcon rockets.
Granted, If you put a ping pong table on the shuttle, its ping pong capabilities would be incomparable to the falcon rockets.
The Falcon Heavy has two side boosters, which detach after liftoff, presumably grasshopper gear will be fitted to these, and they will each vertically land, while the main body of the falcon heavy continues on.
They haven't had any failures since the advent of the falcon 9 rocket. The first three falcon launches failed, and if the fourth hadn't worked, spaceX would've folded.
Luckily, the fourth did work, and they learned a lot from it. (mostly that 9 > 1)
Fisker does not represent what electric vehicles are capable of- they represent what you get when you combine lots of money with shotty engineering.
So who does it better? Well, if you haven't heard of them- Tesla motors is making a lot of headway.
I think that every engineer on planet earth should have
-A mechanical pencil
-An engineer's scale ( those three sided rulers)
I'm not one of those old school flannel wearing engineers, I do most everything on a computer, but there is a lot of value in having a traditional drafting desk with tools like this, regardless of what type of engineering you do.