Air and Space Photos from Alternate Worlds.


(I played with Shipbucket space parts and had some fun)

Alternate Soviet space station. Experimenting with Vostok capsule, they added to the equipment module a ''Tyagash'' life support system to enhence the power and duration capacity of the spacecraft. The ''Zarya'' have a space laboratory connected to the capsule capable of housing one man and many scientific experiments. Both serving as a space laboratory and a long duration mission, the Zarya also served as a stepping step for larger space station concept.
Launched in 1966 in a modified N-8 launcher with a larger 2nd stage and a longer 3rd stage, Zarya stayed inhabited and used for 40 days before the crew put the craft in a reentry trajectory before ejecting themselves and key scientific results in the Vostok capsule.
 

(idem, I took most of the part from shipbucket)

The success of Zarya encouraged the Soviet Union to build another Space Laboratory but the limited funds and launcher availability prevented to build on the ground large structure to be launched up. So they experimented with docking and space maneuvering. They first launched a modified Tyagach module with a locking part and used a modified Vostok Capsule to chase and lock with the module. Appart from troubles with the locking mechanism, the cosmonauts were able to track, chase and meet with the target, due to the inability to actually enter the Tyagach module and the almost exhausted fuel, they undocked shortly after and reentered into the atmosphere and landed (roughly) on earth. The success of this experiment greatly cemented the modular design of their new space station, allowing small, light enough part to be launched from earth and assembled in space into a far larger structure then it would have been possible to launch.

While their was wild plans about the new ''Zvezda'' Space Station, the lack of funding and a very cautious attitude toward the capacity to assemble a functionning and liveable structure in space meant that Zvezda was planned carefully and had a limited number of modules. Their would be a Tyagach module with propulsion and basic electronic, guidance, electricity and atmospheric control, a ''Dom'' Utility Hub with additional oxygen, fuel cell, experimental air recycling system and consumables, and a ''Zreniye'' Multipurpose Laboratory with microgravitic experiment, medical experiment, inboard telescope and a docking module to allow comonauts to enter the station without the need to EVA and a pressurization/depressurization protocole. The now versatile Tyagach module was fitted with not only a more sturdy and reliable locking dock but also electrical connexion to allow electricity to be shared with other modules. A similar lock but with a docking port was installed on both Dom and Zreniye.

The need to transfer cosmonauts into a station meant that they could not rely on a simple modification of the Vostok capsule, so the Soviet inspired themselves of the Mercury capsule, the long ''neck'' would be used to house a docking port and parachutes, protected from the worse of the reentry by the heatshield at the bottom. The ''Perevozka'' Capsule had also the great advantage of being light enough to be launched via a slightly modified Zarya laucher, keeping the heavier 2nd stage but retainning the N-8 unmodified 3rd stage, renamed ''Perevozka'' launcher. While smaller and less capable then the american Gemini, the Perevozka would be a great leap compared to the Vostok capsule as its form allowed a better reentry control, as many test proved.

The first dual launch was the Tyagach and Dom module. Put on a stable low orbit of 355 km above earth, the Dom module waited in dormancy that the remote controlled Tyagach tracked and chase it. The approach and locking procedure was a tense moment for the Soviet as every command had a slight delay that needed to be accounted for. But after tenses hours, the locking was confirmed and the electronic connexion between Tyagach and Dom were confirmed a few minutes later. While the launch pads were cleared for the next dual launch, Dom was slowly awaken by the controlers, opening its system one by one to not overwork both the Tyagach communication arrays and Dom computers. With the successful opening of Dom solar pannels and stable electric feed, the tension dropped as their was no more the risk of having to use the fuel cells and drastically reduce the station life-spawn. The next month saw the last dual launch with Zreniye laying in a lower orbit while the Perevozka capsule and the cosmonauts Anatoly Filipchenko and Vladislav Volkov chased the module. With human at the helm, the engineers were less stressed about the docking but the others were much more weary, due to the risk of actually loosing 2 men in case of a catastrophic incident. But under the steady hand of Filipchenko, the Perevozka capsule and the Zreniye module were locked togheter. But right after this first success, the next step had to be taken, so they put the combined craft into the sane orbit as the Tyagach-Dom modules and started to chase them. One day latter, after numerous ajustements, they were in sight. The last part was much more difficult as the visibility was quasi nul, having to go by instruments and instructions from the ground. While the ground team initially wanted to activate Tyagach propulsion to help with the maneuver, consultation with the cosmonauts made them drop the idea; it was hard enough to reach the ''still'' target, having to track for its movement would be just adding difficulties. But with care and a slow approach, the Dom and Zreniye module connected and, after a last light push, locked togheter. Relief from both heaven and earth could be heard.

After opening the pannels, the two cosmonauts took a well deserved rest while the atmosphere within the newly complete space station stabilized and was monitored from the ground. After weaking up, they got the confirmation from ground team that it was ''technically'' liveable, while still in his pressure suit for safety, Volkov squeezed himself in the tiny conduit and opened the last pannel, officially connecting the space station to the capsule. After receiving the ''go'' from ground control, he removed his helmet and took his first breath in the station. When Filipchenko asked for his report, he allowed himself a little joke by answering ''A little dry''. They both removed their pressure suit in the ''roomier'' Perevozka capsule and found that it was much easier to enter the station. There they spent hours on direct check up of the systems from the Zvezda controls, insuring that everything was in order and then started to work on unpacking the experiments. At the end of the ''day'', Volkov slipped into the inboard sleeping bag strapped on Dom wall while Filipchenko slept in the Perevozka capsule (as safety in case something going wrong, allowing at least one cosmonaut to escape). The next day was a busy one with starting and monitoring the experimental air recycling system, set up and start many microgravitic experiment. Despite their professionalism, the two cosmonauts struggled to acheive all their tasks within the charged schedule. After the exhausted cosmonauts went to sleep, ground control decided to give up some non time essential experiments and lighten the schedule with small breaks, allowing to a more flexible timetable. This quickly proved to be a wise decision and the mission finnished with the new schedule duly completed. As the cosmonauts ejected and flew back to earth, the planner started to wonder if instead of a fixed crew, they could cycle cosmonauts to always have someone on board, either to monitor longer experiments such as effect of microgravity on humans or simply to achieve ''duration achievements'' that could be used as propaganda.

This was put into effect and the second team left one of their own in the station while the pilot came back alone. Launched in 1969, the Zvezda station stayed in orbit for 3 years. No less then 9 Zvezda missions were conducted, with the rotation arrangement allowing non-soviet (but soviet-aligned nontheless) cosmonauts to be flown both for prestige and financement for additional experiments. Zreniye and its telescope allowed both space and earth high definition pictures to be brought back to earth (in negative, devlopped on earth) while the medical experiments allowed to monitor the muscular and bone mass reduction in space. But while the ''ground planned'' structure allowed an optimization of the station it also prevented it to be improved and adding additional modules. In addition, the station small size that allowed it to be launched cheaply was also a limiting factor, the Perevozka rotation quickly forced both cosmonauts to sleep in the station, exarcerbating the cramped space in the station. A common joke for cosmonauts coming back from Zvezda would be to say that: ''We were as brothers there, as otherwise we would have jumped at eachothers throats !''. But as the last Zvezda mission put the station in a safe reentry trajectory before launching themselves (more) safely back to earth, its future replacement was already planned.
 
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(idem, I took most of the part from shipbucket)

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Great! Thanks for these brilliant pixel spacecrafts!

Here are a few variations of your parts and from shipbucket.
Sadly I don't know enough about space engineering to know weather my variations are realistic.

I decided, that we need to dock your "Perevozka" with a Soyuz. Also we need a larger Soyuz variant for longer missions.
Here are also several configurations to dock a Soyuz with several variants of your Space Station. I also decided to create two somewhat larger modules.

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A rare example of an artwork co-authored by me and another AH.commer. Uruk is better at doing jet planes, I'm good at roundels, so a few years back, we made this. It's a post-WWII jet fighter, the PZL V-10 Dragon (Polish for "Dragoon"), serving in the air forces of the Visegrad Union from my Sparrow Avengers allohistorical setting. These fighters operate under the aegis of the Visegrad Defence Pact, the military defence arm of the Visegrad Union. (Think of my Sparrow Avengers setting as "Crimson Skies in the first half of the 20th century, and Ace Combat and The Right Stuff in the second half of the 20th century. XD It's a dream-come-true for any planehead and rockethead and anyone who likes the idea of central Europe not getting screwed over severely by WWII and communism.)

These particular comparison artworks were always meant to be more of a preliminary look at how the roundels will look on a sideview of jet fighter of this type. (The PZL V-10 Dragon is comparable to a SOKO J-22 Orao, MiG-27 or SEPECAT Jaguar, if it was built by a joint venture of Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians and Ukrainians. :D Let's just say this little beaut is best used as a strike fighter, for pew-pew-ing stuff with its autocannons or various missiles, and dropping the occasional bomb. They have rarely been used in actual combat, most of it as part of international peacekeeping missions outside of the VDP, or as part of the handful of foreign air forces that bought the Dragon into their inventories. The air superiority cousin of the Dragon is the PZL V-14 Rycerz, i.e. "Knight".)



VDP roundel default look, without national roundels (standard and low-viz)



VDP roundel and Polish national roundel (standard and low-viz)



VDP roundel and Czech national roundel (standard and low-viz)



VDP roundel and Slovak national roundel (standard and low-viz)



VDP roundel and Hungarian national roundel (standard and low-viz)



VDP roundel and Transcarpathian national roundel (standard and low-viz)


The VDP roundels are on the "cheeks", as best seen in the default standard and low-viz comparison of the first image. The second to sixth images also show what the jet looks like with the standard and low-viz versions of the national roundels on the tail, in addition to the VDP roundels. The second image shows a Dragon operated by the air force of the Confederation of Polish Peoples (Poland), the third images shows a Dragon of the Czech-Moravian-Silesian Republic's air force, the fourth image shows a Dragon of the Slovak Air Force, the fifth a Dragon operated by the air force of the republic of Hungary, the sixth image a Dragon in the services of the Transcarpathian Air Force.

Important disclaimer: Yes, this plane was not made by me, it's a fictional fighter designed by our member Uruk, at my own behest. Speaking of which, I've cooperated with him on designing some of the military jets for the post-war years of the timeline. I have also cooperated in a similar manner with @cortz#9, though he prefers to work with me on the early 20th century designs (and has made some really beautiful ones - hopefully I'll finally share them here in the future).

Stand up and listen to the VDP air forces' instrumental anthem. *planes fly past as part of the official, annual VDP air tattoo*
 
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(Something I've been dreaming about for sometime)

This is the "Light Frigate, model 2), or LF-02. Based on the famous CR90 hull, and eyeing the market for anti piracy escort and boder patrol, the Corellian Engineering Corporation decided to upgrade the ship for light combat duties. A new version of the combat module of the original CR90 was grafted to the rear of the hull, with elevated turrets to clear the rear firing angles. New sensors and comms were installed, the shield generator was beefed up, extra amour added to the bridge, life support control, engineering and turrets, with newer, more powerfull versions of the engines used, to deal with the increase in mass and volume. The entire VIP/passenger area was rebuilt, to make room for greater combat crew and extra eletronics and to create room for 2 retractable torpedo/missile launchers. An LF-02F version is being being considered, with the entire rear turrets frame replaced by a docking ring that would allow up to 4 light fighters to be towed.

 
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