Points of Divergence : Spaceflight
Points of divergence dealing with alternate developments of spaceflight and spacecraft. All POD entries are sorted as chronologically as possible.
Challenge: Plausible reason for a tech-advanced ATL with no spaceflight technology
Earliest possible spaceflight ?
Earliest possible Space Age ?
WI Pedro Paule went public ?
Challenge: An Austro-Hungarian space programme, oh my !
Earliest possible Space Program in the 20th Century
(Earliest) Capability for sending first satellite into orbit ?
Alternate space programs
What sort of space race would have developed without the two world wars ?
A delayed Space Race
Would a successful Polish space program be possible ?
WI: Early Cold War air and space technology without the German rocket program
WI: Von Braun dies in WWII
WI: No V-2 Missiles
NASA without Von Braun
Challenge: 3-way moon race with a post-1945 POD
Alternate space powers ?
Challenge: As many manned, sustainable space programs as possible
Plausibility check: If mankind had taken space exploration even more seriously
Challenge: Earliest possible lunar landing
Which is the best location for a spaceport ?
Alternate Space Launch Sites
Alternate mundane NASAs
NASA Wank (with a POD after 1950)
Plausibility check: If NASA had followed a "natural" progression ?
Plausibility check: WI Europe dominated space exploration from the 50s onwards, instead of the US ?
Earliest possible Mars landings with PODs in the early 1960s
Discussion about alternate developments of heavy launchers in the 1960s and 1970s
Alternate spaceflight projects and developments from the 1960s to the 1990s
WI Pioneer 0 was a success
WI: Surviving X-20
Capsules versus alternative spacecraft
WI Gagarin flew aboard the ill-fated Soyuz 1 ?
WI: N-1 program started in 1961 ?
WI: Grissom drowns in Liberty Bell 7, 1961
WI: Space Race focused on space stations
Plausibility check: More British involvement in spaceflight
A Commonwealth Space Programme
Challenge: EU-Commonwealth Space Programme
WI: Blue Streak not cancelled ?
Plausibility check: JFK proposing a joint lunar mission to the Soviets
Challenge: Lunex, not Apollo
Alternate American space program (mid-1960s onwards)
WI: Soyuz to the Moon ?
Plausibility check: USSR with a working Lunar Mission ?
No Outer Space Treaty (1)
No Outer Space Treaty (2)
DBWI: US Manned Mission to the Moon
NASA from Stephen Baxter's novel Voyage ISOTed To OTL
Armstrong and Aldrin land on moon but never make it back to lunar orbit
Had the Space Race stayed on trajectory after Apollo 12, how would it develop ?
A plausible way to recreate the universe of 2001 : A Space Odyssey ?
Plausibility check: Space Elevator ?
Challenge: Pan Am Supersonic Transports and Space Clippers
Feasibility of secret orbital and deep space launches ?
Challenge: Routine Space Tourism
If Germany got a start in the OTL 1960s, could it today offer spaceflight for tourists ?
Earth seen regularly from orbit by thousands of tourists - any psychological/social effects ?
Plausibility check: WI Project Orion was launched in the 1970s ?
Alternate outcomes for OTL cancelled or undeveloped space probe projects
More Canadian Space Agency firsts ?
Plausibility check: Moon base
A Space Race that never lost its tempo since the 1960s ?
Earlier Space Shuttle ?
Challenge: A better US space program WITH a shuttle
Alternate space shuttles
WI: Shuttle uses Saturn V stages as boosters
WI: (Mostly) wingless Shuttle
WI the Sea Dragon succeeds Apollo
The Space Shuttle is not built
WI: Chinese Men to Space... by the 1970s
Challenge: Chinese to the Moon in the 1970s/1980s
Ronald Reagan's Space Exploration Initiative alternate outcomes
WI: Carter lets the Space Shuttle die
Skylab and Shuttle
Discussion on the Skylab and Space Shuttle projects being used concurrently
Cultural effects of no Space Shuttle program and continued Skylab flights on the science fiction genre ?
Challenge: Skylab B + Salyut 6 = ISS in 1976 ?
Plausibility check: NASA astronaut in Soviet Interkosmos program ?
Challenge: Space Shuttle Wank
Challenge: Improve the Shuttle (1)
Challenge: Improve the Shuttle (2)
Challenge: Improve the Shuttle (3)
Possibilities with the Space Shuttle ?
Plausibility check: Earlier, post-1980s NASA manned Mars mission ?
Challenge: Man on Mars by 1985
What if Space Shuttle Challenger had survived ?
NASA's 1986 probe mission to Halley's Comet ?
WI: Space Shuttle Atlantis disaster, 1988
Space exploration in a continued Cold War
Challenge: ESA's flight spacesuit and extravehicular spacesuit
Challenge: ESA's Hermes shuttle flies
DBWI: ESA didn't develop the Aries ?
Plausibility check: Space Exploration Initiative succeeds ?
WI: The Russians sell the Buran shuttle in the early 1990s
Plausibility check: Post-Soviet Energia rocket
Challenge: (Plausible) ESA wank !
Challenge: Build a space base on the Moon by 1999
Advanced space propulsion systems in the 1990s
WI the Beagle 2 lander was succesful ?
Challenge: A continuation of the Apollo program
Brazilian space WI: The 2003 VLS-1 rocket accident doesn't occur
Which of these Caribbean countries would be the best location for a spaceport ?
Re-use of the space shuttles
Discussion on the exploration, colonization and terraforming of Mars
Space travel and economies of scale
Plausibility check: Economic effects of solar power satellites ?
Plausibility check: Venusian space programme
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Essays on alternate spaceflight