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  1. AHC: Permanent Human Settlement Outside of Earth

    IOTL, the furthest from Earth humanity has ever gotten was Apollo 13, which only barely cleared the Moon. This was in 1970, which is over 50 years ago. Humans have never gone further since. With a POD after Apollo 13 set the record for furthest human from Earth, make permanent human settlement...
  2. Johnson or Humphrey win in 1968, what happens to NASA?

    So, as I understand it, the 1968 was a pretty close election. If Johnson had handled Vietnam better, it seems to me that he could have won it. And even if he hadn't, had he let Humphrey be his own man, it seems to me that the VP could have gotten the votes to secure the presidency. So what...
  3. How early could we get interplanetary spaceflight?

    With a PoD after 1900, how early could we get large-scale interplanetary spaceflight? Supposing people generally supported it, what sort of scientific discoveries and technological development are necessary for it to be technologically and economically doable? And how can we get that public...
  4. AHC: Moon Base

    With no PoDs prior to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, how can we have a manned base on the moon, or the start of one, within the next 50 years or as soon as possible?
  5. A 21st Century Future
    Threadmarks: Introduction and prologue

    What happened to Bold They Rise? My ideas for that ran out for now. But it isn’t dead. What’s this one about? OBL gets killed in ‘85. A host of changes follows,because butterflies. Buran,eh? This TL is inspired by The Snow Flies, and I had a PM conversation with Nixonshead about...
  6. 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"...
  7. Rockwell Flyer: The Story of the X-33 and Beyond - Timeline in a Post

    Rockwell Flyer: The Story of the X-33 and Beyond American Rocket News January 2, 2006 Written by Arnold Holmes With the start of Congressional hearings on the factors relating to the decisions involved in the Exploration Systems Architecture, we here at American Rocket News feel it is...
  8. 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...
  9. Alternate space shuttles

    Over in the "Carter lets the Space Shuttle die" thread the conversation has been drifting towards a more general discussion on alternate space shuttles. So here's a new thread for alternate space shuttles, I'm especially interested in what kind of alternatives would be possible with a PoD AFTER...
  10. The HL-20 Personnel Launch System Flies

    For those who don't know what the HL-20 is, some links: http://www.astronautix.com/h/hl-20.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HL-20_Personnel_Launch_System https://falsesteps.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/hl-20hl-42-the-personnel-launch-system/ It seems this small spaceplane from the 80s had a...
  11. WI: NASA gets the Dynasoar

    In the early years of transitioning from a military-led space program to a NASA led space program, as NASA was collecting pieces of the military space programs (such as Von Braun's team from the Army and the F-1 engine from the USAF), the USAF apparently considered giving NASA the Dynasoar space...
  12. Yangel Presents First (and the R-56 rocket flies)

    In February 1962 Nikita Khrushchev organized a meeting of the USSR’s Defense Council with the main missile designers in the Soviet Union. In attendance were Chelomei, Korolev and, courtesy of Glushko's maneuverings, Mikhail Yangel. At stake was who would get to design the USSR's heavy lift...
  13. WI: The HL-10 reaches for the sky

    The HL-10 was one of the lifting bodies NASA investigated during the 60s, and apparently, it almost flew as a spacecraft. So what if Reed and von Braun had gotten their way, and the HL-10 got a layer of ablative heat-shield and flew on at least one of the Saturn V rockets in the 70s? fasquardon
  14. WI: Carter lets the Space Shuttle die

    So according to this article on Ars Technica, in June of 1979, the Space Shuttle was in serious trouble. The program was suffering from serious budget over-runs and, if NASA funding were to remain the same or fall in line with the contraction of government spending that was on its way in 1980...
  15. AHC: A better US space program WITH a shuttle

    When considering AHs where the US space program enjoys a more fertile post-Apollo period, space shuttles (of any sort) are generally avoided. And yet, when reading the history of the space shuttle's development, there seem to be plenty of lost opportunities even after NASA had committed to...
  16. WI: A better Saturn IB

    One of the failures of the US Apollo program was it's failure to produce much hardware or infrastructure that would be used in America's future space endeavors. In part, this was due to NASA wanting to move on to bigger and better things, and usually WIs focusing on the post-Apollo period look...
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