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  1. No Space Shuttle

    I was wondering, what is the alternative for NASA, if they do not go for Space Shuttle in the post-Apollo era? The STS seems like a good idea on paper, but with the benefit of hindsight many of its flaws are obvious, and could NASA instead go with more "classical" expendable rockets and...
  2. AHC: A better post-Shuttle rocket program

    Since the early years of this century, NASA has been struggling to turn Shuttle-derived hardware into a heavy lift vehicle. It hasn't gone well. Underfunding, politically imposed design decisions and a lack of a clear purpose has resulted in a slow-motion disaster which looks bound to deliver...
  3. WI Big Bird was on the Challenger Shuttle?

    I was watching a video on Big Bird's actor, and it mentioned something about him being the one to go on that space shuttle instead of Christa McAuliffe. Obviously, that isn't the case. But what if, using whatever is needed, Big Bird was on the Challenger? What would be the effect of his death on...
  4. BowOfOrion

    Ocean of Storms: A Timeline of A Scientific America
    Threadmarks: I: Eagle's Flight

    Launching a new timeline here (hope the name isn't taken). I'll answer questions here and there as they come, but I'm hoping to tell the story, for the most part, through a series of short stories and let internal context clues do a good chunk of the heavy lifting. Still, I'll try not to leave...
  5. The Snow Flies: A History of the Soviet Space Shuttle

    (Original thread can be found here). Report from “Wedel-Schulauer Tageblatt”, Saturday 16th May 1987 “Wreckage Found in Search for Wedel Pilot” “English newspapers are reporting the discovery of wreckage believed to be from a light aircraft in the North Sea 325 km south of the Faroe Isles...
  6. The Snow Flies: A History of the Soviet Space Shuttle
    Threadmarks: Mission 1K1: Buran's First Flight

    Report from “Wedel-Schulauer Tageblatt”, Saturday 16th May 1987 “Wreckage Found in Search for Wedel Pilot” “English newspapers are reporting the discovery of wreckage believed to be from a light aircraft in the North Sea 325 km south of the Faroe Isles. The debris found so far is consistent...
  7. Right Side Up: A History of the Space Transportation System
    Threadmarks: Chapter 1: Preflight

    “In short, the Space Shuttle is so inefficient because it is built upside-down.” Chapter 1: Preflight Technicians swarmed around the gleaming white delta-winged shape, mostly around the nose and tail, but some at strategic points along the length, at the engine bays, the landing gear...
  8. Michel Van

    Reality Check: Could NASA build Shuttle like Energia/Buran ?

    Like title say: The STS: Four - six Booster with one F-1A engine Core stage like OTL Orbiter like OTL but no SSME it got five J-2S The Engines are reused ten times The Rocket could launch also Unmanned large Cargo pods like Energia Rocket On reusability the Boosters could land with...
  9. Soviet & American Space Programs if the Soviet Union lasts until the present day

    So, let's assume that the USSR survives the 80s and 90s. There are reforms, there are hardships (though the economy never tanks as bad as Russia's did in OTL's 90s) and the rivalry with the US continues (though changing as circumstances evolve). What might the Soviets do with their space...
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