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

    The other option is for the crew to use all four mules to get to the hab, then move the hab (none of which has been configured for human habitation yet) and run the risk of multiple mule failures stranding the crew farther from the ascent vehicle than they can walk. A single mule failure is...
  2. Patton in Korea/MacArthur in the White House

    Stalin: "You can't win, Patton! I have the Red Army!" Patton: "We have a Simo." *Stalin's eyes go wide in terror*
  3. Boldly Going: A History of an American Space Station

    It was only ever intended as a clearance check test article (it's not full scale either, if memory serves). The big stuff on display in Huntsville is either a test article or prototype. It's weird to see in this state (instantly made me think of this TL though), but still not as sad looking as...
  4. The affects of helicopters in World War II

    Doubtful except for scouting for the ground forces. An enterprising commander might get the bright idea to mount some HVARs on his scout helos to make a way early OH-58D, but that probably wouldn't happen until very late in the European campaign. Although something like an H-19 could prove...
  5. The Rainbow. A World War One on Canada's West Coast Timeline

    Especially by, you know, violating their neutrality to take a ship that they're holding out of the war and thus isn't doing anything against the Entente.
  6. The Rainbow. A World War One on Canada's West Coast Timeline

    August would be the tail end of grizzly mating season. That bear is horny, hungry and grizzlies are naturally aggressive and territorial to begin with.
  7. Northern Limit Line

    Nope, Washington is going to know about this within an hour of Seoul getting the word. The moment shells start falling on the DMZ the US troops around Seoul will be getting ready to surge out of their camps and the planes at Osan and Kunsan will be scrambling. The moment ballistic missiles start...
  8. Eyes Turned Skywards

    I think it's indicative of how bonkers awesome TTL has become when you have to discuss replacing comsats at EML2 because people have been regularly going to the Moon for over a decade. It's also amazing how much the depot/tug architecture opens things up. At this point it seems the only thing...
  9. Eyes Turned Skywards

    You've mentioned a Soviet/Russian multiple NEO mission before but I don't recall you expanding on it. Did this evolve into Piazzi or is it something else? On the matter of NEO missions though, we haven't heard anything from the Fukurō or Barnard comet missions in a while... The Luna-Pe is an...
  10. The Horse and The Jaguar

    More like a little too late for the Iroquois. Some lines of research show evidence that the Haudenosaunee (minus the Tuscarora who, along with the Cherokee, will be living under the aegis of the Eastern Khanate) formed in the 15th century if not earlier. Either way, the 1500 world map shows...
  11. The Horse and The Jaguar

    The Colombian Exchange being a two-way affair is certainly going to make things extremely interesting. As it stands it's only a matter of time before fleets from the Northern Khanate encounter some flavor of European fishermen following the cod. It'll be interesting to see if the Maya or Xarmag...
  12. Icarus Rising

    The symptoms kinda sound like Marburg virus, which conveniently was researched by the Soviets and stocks could easily have been smuggled out during the civil war. The Uyghurs, on the other hand, were working on weaponized smallpox (the hourglass in a circle is a dead giveaway).
  13. Icarus Rising

    Eight pounds of C4 is a pretty big boom but it isn't that big. You also have to note how far the Oval Office is from the main White House. Additionally, it is on the far South side of the West Wing while Brooke would be on the North side of the complex if he was facing Pennsylvania Avenue. There...
  14. Icarus Rising

    There are several other Constitutional issues here. 1.) The 25th Amendment states that the President can only be declared incapacitated by the Vice President and majority of the Cabinet. Failing a quorum of that body, Congress can assign that duty to another body (typically themselves). 2.)...
  15. Icarus Rising

    Holloway also controls the strategic bombers as SAC commander. SLBM's would fall under command of the respective fleet they were stationed in though and tactical level weapons aren't kept on hot standby except maybe in Germany and England. Since he's chief of staff, Rumsfield should know that...
  16. Icarus Falls (An Alternate 1960s)

    Fun update but the presence of an A-10 is a technical issue. OTL the A-10 didn't fly until May 1972 and the RFP didn't even go out until 1970. Even if prototype testing did get moved up, never mind the competition phase against the YA-9, you won't have operational birds by this time. Then...
  17. Icarus Falls (An Alternate 1960s)

    Oh god, they're going to nuke the Masjid al-Haram, probably during the Hajj too. This could get fun.
  18. Eyes Turned Skywards

    No, I was a bit too vague there. I probably should have said, "here in Huntsville". No affiliation with MSFC aside from friends, acquaintances, classmates, etc. Those were just my observations based on my interactions with NASA personnel on base and around town.
  19. Eyes Turned Skywards

    Given the accounts from Apollo astronauts about the joys of lunar regolith I'd say that a dedicated lunar EVA suit would be a necessity, especially now that they're doing a half-dozen or more EVA's per person. It would probably depend on which center you look at. Here at Marshall there seems...
  20. Eyes Turned Skywards

    So, I've got a spacesuit question. It's documented that NASA upgraded to the new A8 (basically an EMU it seems) for EVA work on Freedom and I presume there will be a slightly upgraded A8L variant for lunar work during Artemis. But what are they doing in terms of IVA suits? Have they kept the...
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