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  1. AHC : Soviet Moon Landing With Or Without Korolev Between 1968 and June 1969

    Something like this was considered, the issue is you need a lot of launches not just three. R-7 only throws about 7 to 8 tons, so to get the ~90-100 tons minimum for a lunar flight, you're talking like 11-12 launches with a small fairing volume available by lunar standards. A multi-launch...
  2. AHC : Soviet Moon Landing With Or Without Korolev Between 1968 and June 1969

    For All Mankind effect, I think?
  3. AHC : Soviet Moon Landing With Or Without Korolev Between 1968 and June 1969

    This is definitely the core of the issue: have the Soviets take it seriously and fund it seriously, and force the major players to work together seriously, in spite of the issues. Saturn V was approved in 1962. So was N-1. The first Saturn V flew in November 1967, thanks to good management and...
  4. Red Moon: What if the Space Race continued?

    Helium 3 fusion is...not really the panacea of lunar resources some people make it out to be. You can see some discussion here of the difficulties of HE-3 fusion compared to other fusion, and the issues of extracting and retrieving it here: "The helium-3 incantation" by Dwayne Day
  5. LEVIATHAN Rising: An Alternative Space Age

    Given the heat normally required to synthesize FOOF, I'd be shocked if there's any equilibrium reaction at cryogenic temperatures that drives more than parts-per-million of it.
  6. LEVIATHAN Rising: An Alternative Space Age

    Nope, it's not. Which is why despite FLOX briefly having a moment in terms of a lot of testing and being baselined for things like some of the conical Mars Excursion Modules, it never went anywhere.
  7. Black Gemini: Two Stories of the Secret Second Life of America's Second Capsule

    More likely convergent evolution, for the same reason batting silly ideas around recreated something the NRO actually considered(the outline for this TL was largely set before we found that NRO report). I know there are some space industry people who read this forum, but I think it's less likely...
  8. LEVIATHAN Rising: An Alternative Space Age

    Not FOOF, where the two are chemically bonded, but just a cryogenic mixture of O2 and F2. http://www.astronautix.com/f/floxkerosene.html It's a little better behaved than pure fluorine, and a bit more energetic than pure LOX.
  9. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    It's downright unfair @nixonshead is as good a writer as he is, with how great his images are. People shouldn't be allowed to be good at that many things. More people need to commission him to stop him from having time to compete with those of us who can only write a bit. :)
  10. Black Gemini: Two Stories of the Secret Second Life of America's Second Capsule

    I was thinking about this timeline again because of the Dragon/Hubble servicing and boost mission options being talked about, and thought I'd give this a kick as a blast from the (near) past. To add a little bit more useful content and make this not just "I think this is a funny alignment of...
  11. Eyes Turned Skywards

    It's a little off topic here, but broadly I haven't been watching because it's on a service I don't subscribe to, and it seems increasingly like a soap opera that can't be bothered to research actual historical proposals and incorporates a lot of implausible stuff into the story for reasons that...
  12. One Giant Leap: The Voyage Beyond

    Not without being noticed, and also internally "the rocket will explode a few times until it starts working" was kind of how the Soviets did product management and rollout. Recall in 1969, 80% of Proton launches failed, and of the two that succeeded one of the two payloads (Luna 15) later...
  13. One Giant Leap: The Voyage Beyond

    So this is indeed Energia moved up...like ten years? I hate to come off as pushy, but...how?
  14. One Giant Leap: The Voyage Beyond

    The ones I was talking about were actually Boeing studies (given to them because they weren't busy with any of the actual hardware) between '75 and September '77, reported in Jenkins's Space Shuttle: Developing an Icon 1972-2013 on pages II-440 to II-443.
  15. One Giant Leap: The Voyage Beyond

    An interesting concept and I'm curious where you're taking it. A few questions that stand out: (1) Why not pushing for a sidemount heavy lifter? I'd need to go run down a citation in Jenkins for specific dates, but if I recall there were studies of this literally as early as 1975 historically...
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