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  1. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    I think there's a timeline about it on AH.com going on right now. :P
  2. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station
    Threadmarks: Part 11: Previously existing considerations for international partnership in space

    Boldly Going Part 11 During her launch, Enterprise had carried a level of payload never imagined for the Space Shuttle. In a certain sense, the 150 metric ton payload of Enterprise on STS-37R exceeded the maximum ever achieved by the mighty Saturn V--a rocket well and truly demonstrated capable...
  3. Small Steps, Giant Leaps: How (Almost) Every Apollo Astronaut Made it to the Moon

    I like it so far! Hopefully Wally manages to avoid a head-cold this time around. :) Is LM-3 delayed over OTL? I'm trying to recall when exactly Grumman had which delays, but Nov '69 seems late...or is this LM-3 being delayed to about the OTL March '69 timeline and then everything else falling...
  4. What if the US space program was mostly based on Ascension Island instead of Cape Canaveral?

    Lack of tracking is another problem. From the Cape, there's a train of US tracking stations all the way to Africa (including Ascension!)., but the transport problems are a major issue. Stages can be moved to Florida and even to a limited extent to the Gulf and the Caribbean on non-oceangoing...
  5. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    I think about it more like Ocean's 11. :D
  6. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    Carrying a tank the last bit requires expending a little bit more OMS propellant (about a ton), but some of the trajectory for ascent can be more efficient because you don't need to ensure the tank is disposed of on the proper trajectory for them to burn up over the Indian Ocean at first...
  7. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    All credit for the art goes of course to @nixonshead who excels in bringing these situations to life. Remember Turtledove season should be coming soon, and he deserves...what would that be @nixonshead, your third or fourth nomination? Well deserved either way, in my opinion. Speaking of which...
  8. A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    Sounds like an interesting idea. I still recall the episode of Reading Rainbow where Burton took viewers behind the scenes on TNG!
  9. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station
    Threadmarks: Part 9: STS-38R and the “Last of the Skylab Guys” complete Enterprise commissioning

    Boldly Going Part 9 The crew woke on Flight Day 5 to the Beatles’ 1969 “Here Comes the Sun.” This marked not just the task of finishing the station’s solar array deployment, but a major shift in the mood of the crew and teams on the ground. With Enterprise’s entire starboard solar array wings...
  10. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    I hope you didn't take the comparison to the historical NASA propellant scavanging studies as an insult. I meant the comparison as a way to show that such schemes were seriously considered, part of explaining why we're not using them. Your masses for the fuel cells and the residuals ae pretty...
  11. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    A very good question! We'll be getting into this more as we go through the next few posts! Any speculation?
  12. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    Hey, @Shevek23, welcome to the thread! Not only is this feasible, but it's how the actual Shuttle RCS/OMS worked. To clarify the situation a bit: The existing Shuttle system historically was biprop rockets both for the OMS and for the RCS. You can see a diagram here...
  13. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    It's not been shown yet, but Atlantis among other things carries up a similar Docking Module for Enterprise which provides the spacing you're asking about. it's a one-time thing, staying on station between flights. I realized it doesn't show up cleanly in any of the images from @nixonshead we're...
  14. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    Thanks! We had a slide deck presenting some of that, but not all of it. A few interesting take-aways: This image basically illustrates the same idea we had for moving the attachment point from the Leonardo Lab Module to the OV-101 main deck through the Xo 576 bulkhead to eliminate the need...
  15. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    PM me and I can send an email address, or you can host on something like Google Drive and post a link.
  16. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    You mean the SSI "Shuttle Derived Space Station Freedom"? I think I've got a scan of at least one document on it, but I'd take another just to see if they're the same.
  17. Small Steps, Giant Leaps: How (Almost) Every Apollo Astronaut Made it to the Moon

    Very interesting summary, looking forward to seeing what this turns into!
  18. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    Happens to the best of us. Sometimes I think he's @e of pi.
  19. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station
    Threadmarks: Part 7: STS-38R launch: a race to activate Enterprise before issues emerge

    Boldly Going Part 7 With the successful single launch of OV-101 complete, the flight of Space Station Enterprise seemed to clear years of doubts about the program in a single shot. Cheers erupted in Houston, Florida, and in the homes and offices of hundreds of thousands of people who had worked...
  20. Air and Space Photos from Alternate Worlds.

    Could you go with solid hatch outlines, and then a smaller center porthole (maybe 4-6" in diameter) and get the interest you're looking for? I think having 8 hatches is silly, too, but it was the historical proposal for whatever silly reason. I actually don't know where I got them, they're not...
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