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  1. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station
    Threadmarks: Part 1: Introduction and the why and how of selecting an American space station design

    Good morning everyone! This year, @TimothyC and I have gotten a very special present for you all for Boxing Day. We hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks go out to both the usual suspects for editing and image assistance: @nixonshead, @Workable Goblin, @Brainbin, @Usili, and a few unusual suspects too...
  2. The Last of the Clippers: The Convair 1010

    For your enjoyment this April 1st, and in conjunction with TimothyC, we proudly present: The Last of the Clippers: The Convair 1010 A wikibox timeline The Convair 1010 is an American turbofan-powered supersonic transport (SST) aircraft that was operated until 2015. Derived from the B-58...
  3. Kistling a Different Tune: Commercial Space in an Alternate Key
    Threadmarks: Post 1: Intro/Teaser

    Hello, everyone! Welcome to yet-another @e of pi spaceflight thread. This one is going to be a bit of an experiment for me--a bit more personal, and focused on a much most recent point of departure. In fact, as everything in this timeline will be happening within the era of the "modern"...
  4. Morning of the Maple Leaf: A Spaceflight Timeline-in-a-Post

    Good evening, everyone! I know it's been a little while since @Polish Eagle and I finished writing Right Side Up (and we're both pleased to thank everyone who offered their votes at the Turtledoves this year). That said, I'm proud to present the following, which is something of a spiritual...
  5. WI: UK Doesn't Join EEC--Federalized EU?

    So as the latest neck-and-neck Brexit polls show, Britain's probably the most Euroskeptical of the major economies that were a part of the EEC and are now in the EU. They've never been as interested as the French or the Germans in "the European project", they're a large part of why nations can...
  6. TLiaW: Dawn of the Dragon
    Threadmarks: Introduction

    “To those who have spent decades watching the rise of China’s modern economy into a near-match for economic power of the United States or the European Union, the fact that it should possess one of the world’s most impressive space programs is of little surprise. If the Japanese, possessing an...
  7. Shortest Pacific War?

    Okay, so it's something of a well-discussed point here that Japan got really lucky to do as well as it did in the Pacific, and there's innumerable things which all could have "taken months off the war"--submarine torpedoes which worked, forces deployed to Wake or the like which could have...
  8. WI the UK buys a Charles de Gaulle?

    I've had a question I've been ruminating on for a while--say that after the Falklands, the UK decides that they'd like to replace the Hermes (and the capacity lost with the retirement of the Ark Royal) with a new carrier, and partner with the French. Did the UK ever consider buying a De Gaulle...
  9. Eyes Turned Skywards
    Threadmarks: Post 1: "DBWI" Introduction

    "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." --Commonly attributed to Leonardo da Vinci Truth is Life and I have been working on this for a while, and we're finally ready to...
  10. AHC: Avoid or end Eternal September

    In the old USENET days, every September a new group of college students would get access to the web for the first time and flood the USENET boards with questions and other newbie behaviors until they could learn the basics and the customs and settle in. However, in 1993, a variety of factors...
  11. WI Buran-style Shuttle stack?

    The Energia-Buran stack that the Soviets developed for their equivalent of the US Space Shuttle put the main engines on the booster core, thus making it possible to adapt the rocket for other payloads such as the Polyus that was the payload of the first test flight. What if NASA independently...
  12. AH Challenge: Women in the Early American Space Program?

    I was reading yesterday about the Mercury 13, a privately run and funded program run around 1960 to see whether women were physicaly capable of passing the same tests as the Mercury astronauts. A number of female pilots recruited fo the program suceeded in passing most stages of it (there were...
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