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  1. Oliveia

    WI: Earlier Space Race

    I have off-and-on considered the idea of an earlier space race, which has manifested itself in two main iterations I wish to call The Cosmos in Their Hearts. The main problem is that I simply cannot be creative enough to imagine how the ideas I have would effect wars and borders and countries...
  2. Oliveia

    DBWI: Without the Father of Interstellar Travel?

    Although mildly obscure to the modern-day folk, the major fundamentals of space travel arose due to the Exploration of Outer Space by Means of Rocket Devices ("Исследование мировых пространств реактивными приборами"), written by the Father of Space-Rocketry, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. This work...
  3. AHC: Earliest Possible Supersonic Flight

    With no PoDs prior to 1904,* what is the earliest that an aircraft could break the sound barrier? What is the earliest that ramjet technology could be developed? And this being done, how early could TTL see the first serious** designs for a scramjet plane? *or 1895 at the earliest, if you want...
  4. A guide to spaceflight

    How spaceflight works https://www.alternatehistory.com/wiki/doku.php?id=offtopic:the_space_jockeys Spaceflight has its own rules that makes it unique. They can be obscure at times. This is kind of guide to try and make things a little clearer. Hopefully not too pedantic nor too loaded with...
  5. Could 26th September 1957 be a suitable launch date for Vanguard the first artificial satellite?

    On Wikipedia I read that the Vanguard TV3 satellite was originally planned to be launched on September 1957, but countless delays forced it to be postponed to December culminating in its Kaputnik embarassment. Let's suppose that in an alternate timeline most of the problems for the Vanguard...
  6. Carter's NASA Garage Sale!

    Hey everyone! This is something that's been rolling around in my head for a while now and I can't find enough info on my own so I'm coming to you... Would it be conceivable during the Carter administration of the late 1970's that in order to earn some income for NASA (and perhaps for a...
  7. Daelkyr

    Before This Decade is Out: The Rise and Fall of the Apollo Program
    Threadmarks: Prologue

    Chris Kraft looked thoughtfully at the young man sitting across from him. The retired NASA flight director had done enough television interviews after the end of the Apollo program to ignore the cameras, lights, and boom mics that were just out of frame. Rubbing his nose and adjusting his...
  8. 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...
  9. BowOfOrion

    X-24 Orbital Test

    This is a story that I posted a few months ago on my blog "Unrealized Reality." It's a short story that references the idea of using an X-24 as a building block concept to the space shuttle. I used some ideas from David Portree's blog (tried to fit it into his Imagining Another Apollo...
  10. WotanArgead

    Soviet Fantastic Painting
    Threadmarks: Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov

    Last week, Russia celebrated Cosmonautics Day. Also recently a relatively good Russian film "The Time of the First" came out on the screens, about the first human entry into space. As some probably know in the 60s, in the USSR there was a boom of fancy fantasy, and a space theme in principle. Of...
  11. For want of a V2 (a rocketry WI)

    The V2 rocket was a terrible weapon system, but a brilliant rocket. All major space launch vehicles ultimately descend from the V2 and the psychological impact of the V2 on the Allies made for a much higher profile for rocketry in the post war world. So WI the V2 isn't deployed - say either...
  12. AHC/WI: Sci-fi shifts in the 90s towards parallel worlds from outer space

    The 1990s have seen various successful sci-fi films and shows which explored the concept of visiting alternate worlds instead of alien planets. Examples include the 1992 film Doorways, which was technically the pilot of a series that never came to be, and the 1995-2000 series Sliders which...
  13. 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...
  14. AHC: Post Axis Space Propaganda after WW2 win

    Let's suppose that a different Cold War happens
  15. 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...
  16. 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.”--Robert Zubrin 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...
  17. AHC: War in Space

    With a POD before 2016, how can we have human powers fighting battles against each other in Space? These do not need to be large scale, and could be something like satellites launching space based projectiles at ground targets or high-altitude fighters attacking enemy satellites. No...
  18. AHC: Commercial lunar tourism by the early 2010s

    What kind of POD would be required for commercial lunar tourism to well established by the year 2010?
  19. A Thousand Small Steps. How NASA may have been after the Apollo 1 fire.

    Prelude: Apollo 1 January 27, 1967, 6:24PM: Cape Kennedy Launch Complex 34 "Damn. Repeat Capcom?" A garbled, "We are p...on hol..." from Capcom came in reply. A third repetition finally revealed the message of, " We are putting the countdown on hold." "How are we going to get to the moon if...
  20. TheInnerMoon

    Could Outer Space have been weaponised in the 20th century?

    Space has all sorts of interesting military applications. You can spy on people from orbit with spy satellites, use satellites to communicate, or built space vehicles to take out the former two. However, what I'm after is some real 'weaponising' of LEO and beyond: nukes in orbit, space lasers...
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