1. Existing Planets, Stars and Solar System Maps, Basemaps and Mapmaking Resources

    I noticed that there wasn't a thread for maps based off of just existing objects. The Alternate Planets, Suns, Stars, and Solar Systems Thread is mostly OC content and the Map Threads are congested and hard to navigate. This thread will act as the main place to post alongside the latter and will...
  2. Pipcard

    JAXA+ | What if Japan had an unlimited space budget?

    What if an alien space bat decided to give the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) an unlimited budget and resources for space development? This agency becomes known as JAXA+. One thing they might do is build the H-Z, a super-heavy launch vehicle capable of carrying 285-485 tonnes to low...
  3. A Bus with a Second Stop | An Alternate Space Shuttle Timeline

    Part 0 | Pre-Launch this is my first scenario so please be gentle "You know, if the Shuttle is like a bus, us moving forward without a station in orbit is like a bus with only one stop. I don't see a point to us having a bus with one stop." That is (supposedly) what an unknown engineer said to...
  4. Black Gemini: Two Stories of the Secret Second Life of America's Second Capsule
    Threadmarks: Post 0: Introduction and Why Gemini?

    Post 0: Introduction Reading about the history of spaceflight, Gemini stands out as an odd duck. It is a program which post-dates the approval of Apollo as a three-person capsule, and was initially supposed to be a minor upgrade to Mercury. Even the addition of a second seat was something its...
  5. WI: Space Shuttle is actually very good.

    The space shuttle was intended to provide reliable and inexpensive access to space, however, it failed miserably, being even more expensive than expendable systems, as well as being the deadliest space launch system in history. From Wikipedia: What if the shuttle was developed in a way that...
  6. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster
    Threadmarks: Prelude: Birth of a Giant

    Prelude: Birth of a Giant "I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth." - President John F. Kennedy, 25th May, 1961, United States Congress, Washington DC...
  7. defconh3ck

    Proxima: A Human Exploration of Mars
    Threadmarks: Chapter 1: The Dream is Alive

    Hi everyone! Today I wanted to bring to you a story inspired by my musings of Mars, and the nostalgia for the iconic Space Shuttle. It has been 10 years this year since the shuttle stopped flying, and I have not been able to stop thinking; what else could we have done? What if the Shuttle had...
  8. Its_Just_Luci

    Children of Apollo: From the Earth, to the Heavens
    Threadmarks: Chapter 1: An Accident, a Tragedy, a Triumph.

    "For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness. What new wonders undreamt of in our time, will we have wrought in another generation, and another? How far will our nomadic species have wandered, by the end of the next century, and the next...
  9. Path to the Stars - An alternate spaceflight TL
    Threadmarks: Post 1

    Path to the Stars Part 1 Ever since both the Soviet Union and the US had set the goal to launch a satellite in the 1957-1958 International Geophysical Year, the countries had been putting money and effort into that goal. The USA left the goal to the Navy and the Army, Whilst the Soviet Union...
  10. Colophon

    Beauty Before Bedlam: The End of the Cold War & the New Age of Aquarius

    Beauty Before Bedlam The End of the Cold War and the New Age of Aquarius January 1st, 1993 | Sixty-two days before the Greenville Convention This is a timeline based on the aftermath of a nuclear-armed Cold War between two competing blocs of nations: the Federation and the Alliance. The...
  11. Simon

    The ESA With a TKS Like Spacecraft?

    I've always liked the concept of the Soviet Transportnyi Korabl’ Snabzheniia (TKS) spacecraft which was made up of the Vozvraschaemyi Apparat (VA) crew capsule linked via a tunnel to the Funktsionalno-Gruzovoy Blok (FGB) module. With the FGB having inbuilt solar panels, radiators, fuel tanks and...
  12. BillKerman1234

    To The Constellations (A 1970/80s Soviet and NASA space TL)

    EDIT: I have updated and reposted this post, and it is viewable just slightly further down in the thread.
  13. Pipcard

    Hatsunese Space Program - HASDA (Japan-like) | 1989-03-12 | Saki-09, first Phobos/Deimos landings
    Threadmarks: Phase 1 - 01 - Introduction, Negi-1 sounding rocket (1952)

    In a parallel universe, the country of Hatsunia (初音国) had taken a very different path compared to Japan, a similar country in our universe. Instead of hundreds of years of feudal isolation, the society became used to foreign contact and social reform. Unlike Japan, its international relations in...
  14. Marsby2024orbust

    Sidera Longius Iter: A Long Road to the Stars
    Threadmarks: Basic Introduction and Media

    Some of you may remember that "European Confederation" graphic i posted in the map thread, well it happens to be a part of this timeline. This timeline is more or less, a weird combination of Alt-History and Future History, as it has PoD in the 1960s, but the actual canon goes far beyond the...
  15. Alex Timber

    Godspeed, John Glenn
    Threadmarks: Houston, We have Lift Off

    Basic PODs 1. Glenn doesn't injure himself in 1964 and goes on to win the Ohio Senate Election 2. Glenn's speech at the DNC is better received 3. Carter chooses Glenn as his running mate due to the above-mentioned reason 4. The Iran-Contra Affair is much more damaging to Reagan and Bush 5. The...
  16. When has History "gone wrong" in securing a more progressive "Space Future" by our times? How could the present day be more advanced?

    For example in OTL, the 1960s saw huge advancements in both technological and social arenas, which made things like the Moon Landing and Woodstock possible. The early 70s were okay-ish, but later things started getting worse and the last progressive product of this rapidly advancing...
  17. Space(station) Race

    The rise of the Russian space station program, the area where the Soviet then Russian government would stay ahead of the west until 2014, started with a treason in 1960. While Gagarin was climbing into space, paving the way for mankind to follow, Chelomei was planning to militarize this feat...
  18. BillKerman1234

    A British Space Race

    Here’s an interesting timeline idea that I whipped up in a few hours: 1966.2.19 The Americans had known that the British were up to something. Seven months earlier they had gotten reports that an some sort of secret development project was happening in England, but they didn’t know what it...
  19. WI: More countries in the International Space Station (China particulary)

    A question for the space buffs here; what if there are more countries participating in the ISS? China is barred from participating due to a US congress act in 2011, but it had previously expressed interest. Being perhaps the third or fourth largest space player right now, its participation...
  20. AHC: Bob Zubrin as NASA Administrator

    Let's discusse ways of getting Dr. Zubrin as NASA Administrator and getting his goals achieved: Mars Direct starting between 1990 and 2000, nuclear spaceships, and so on. Are there ATLs here where Dr. Zubrin gets the job and his goals achieved?