If you go E-6s though or are Coast Guard, your chances of getting picked up are very slim due to the limited numbers.
Yes. My point was that winged options aren't currently being pursued, for whatever reason- presumably due to high cost and long time to develop.
Modular rocket designs are far safer, as the manned module at the top has a rocket escape system that can pull it away from the rocket it sits on top of, if a catastrophic failure occurs. It also has a heat shield that is protected on launch, and has far fewer areas for potential material failure (landing gear doors, etc).
So again, my expertise disclaimer aside, there is a reason winged vehicles are not being pursued for the future of manned spaceflight. That being said, there are other designs for quick return or quick orbit shuttles that have been tested (X-37) and may perhaps be used, but not for the longer/farther trips for which we are planning to the moon/mars.