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  1. Right Side Up: A History of the Space Transportation System

    It's cited in Space Shuttle Decision, Chapter 2. Unfortunately, I also don't have a full copy, if you find one let me know!
  2. On Brazen Wings - From the Pseudo Space Race to Independence and Beyond.

    It'll be interesting to see! Congratulations on the birthday, and especially pleased to hear you've got a roof over your head. I'm looking forward to reading the new work.
  3. For All Mankind (AH Tv series at Apple TV)

    Helium 3 is not actually the wonder material for fusion it's supposed to be in the popular press. It made for a couple good films like Moon and it wouldn't surprise me for this show to fall into that too, but lunar He3 is not really critical to economical fusion and may not even be desirable for it.
  4. For All Mankind (AH Tv series at Apple TV)

    The technical decisions and designs in the US program just made no sense, from quite early on, and the Soviet program is basically "whatever magic they need to drive the plot". The big one that gets me is the development of Sea Dragon, a massive multi-billion-dollar HLV, paired with an...
  5. For All Mankind (AH Tv series at Apple TV)

    Ah, see, that's the mistake. It should have been apparent from the space stuff that For All Mankind wasn't trying to be that from about the end of Season 1, if not the trailers to Season 2.
  6. Solar Dreams: a history of solar energy (1878 - 2025)

    Wow. That line made me stop for a moment. I love that.
  7. 80 Years On: Shattered Sword's Jonathan Parshall parses some Midway Counterfactuals

    "Disrupting" a bomber formation requires first being aware there's even a threat, and then making it through the escorts, and then breaking them up meaningfully. VF-6 orbited over the Kido Butai waiting for either a radio call from VT-6 (which is what they thought VT-8 was OTL) and looking for...
  8. 80 Years On: Shattered Sword's Jonathan Parshall parses some Midway Counterfactuals

    I think that's really underestimating the likely performance of Hornet's dive bombers and really overestimating the CAP, esepcially if (as noted) VF-6 actually wise up to the fight going on below them and come down to pitch in. Two fighter squadrons, two divebomber squadrons, and a torpedo...
  9. 80 Years On: Shattered Sword's Jonathan Parshall parses some Midway Counterfactuals

    Like @naraic says, the problem with the aerial torpedos was less that they didn't work than that the planes were slow, the torpedos had to be dropped even lower and slower, and then once in the water the torpedos were slower than a Japanese carrier. With a hammer-and-anvil attack coming in two...
  10. 80 Years On: Shattered Sword's Jonathan Parshall parses some Midway Counterfactuals

    Additionally, Parshall's notion that Nimitz was initially shaping a two-day battle, with the first day being land-based attacks and submarines to attrit the Japanese and fix their location, and then the carriers moving in for the coup de grace if and only if the odds looked favorable is an...
  11. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    The Soviets also kind of ignored women in their cosmonaut corps. They had a grand total of two historically, and the second was basically flown as a stunt specifically to ensure the American's didn't get any additional firsts when they flew the first women with NASA. However, unlike NASA who...
  12. 80 Years On: Shattered Sword's Jonathan Parshall parses some Midway Counterfactuals

    The "good Hornet shows up to OTL Midway" alternative is one I've toyed with as a thought experiment. Like, say that Hornet's strike commander in the air has engine trouble and has to turn back early before Torpedo 8 broke off around 0825. Through whatever devolution of command happens, then...
  13. No Pearl Harbor attack, instead...

    The US, in 1933. The US liked it so much they altered all of War Plan Orange to never try anything like it.
  14. No Pearl Harbor attack, instead...

    The US on the way back? Maybe, though it was politically challenging. Japan? Heavens, no. The Philippines in US hands were a knife at the throat of their entire southern lunge. And they couldn't just rely on the US to stay out: US polls showed majority support for taking any action to support...
  15. No Pearl Harbor attack, instead...

    It would have gone very badly for the US, which the US evaluated in their 1933 war games. They evaluated even if they won initial engagements, underwater damage and other attrition (the same things Japan was relying on to shape a Decisive Battle in their favor) would require detaching at least...
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