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  1. The Dream Survives
    Threadmarks: Post 0: Introduction Image

    The Dream Survives A Space Alternate History by @e of pi, @TimothyC, & @Usili Original Image from Advertisement from Rockwell. OMNI October 1978, p 26 Highest Resolution version from Dave Cross's Flickr "A Spaceship Has Landed On Earth", 2011-07-08 Archived Copy here.
  2. Canadian Space Shuttle Names

    This is a sequel thread to my thread of the same name last year i am likely going to do a reboot timeline of my old one and am looking for some names My choices as of right now are (along with my thoughts on them) Bonaventure, after the aircraft carrier (mostly did peace missions) Champlain...
  3. Nell_Lucifer

    Chances of Buran living on?

    I am aware that the most obvious chance would be a continuation of the Soviet Union or a better economy in post-Soviet Ukraine and Russia. The first scenario being explored by Nixonhead in his story with only 2 Burans flying. However, I am more interested in any future the Buran (all 5 vehicles)...
  4. RaptorNM

    Semper Fidelis ad Astra: An alternate History of the Space Race
    Threadmarks: Chapter 0: It's a long way to the top.

    First things first, this story has no relation or any connection to "Rewriting History" in any way and is totally new. This story is purely fictional, and will not always be 100% technically accurate, but I will try my best to give a reason for everything. Hey everyone, glad to be back here to...
  5. The Modern Canadian Launch Service TL
    Threadmarks: 2003 to 2013

    After the Columbia disaster in 2003, the decision was made to retire the space shuttles, and during these years the Canadian government opened negotiations with the US government and NASA to acquire its retiring shuttles and OV-101 enterprise, while there was initial pushback from the public and...
  6. The Canadian Launch Service
    Threadmarks: Mid 70's to 88

    In the mid-'70s, there was a debate in the house of common's Liberals and Conservatives argue back and forth on the subject, but it is believed that this will revitalize the Canadian Aerospace market after Black Friday "We don't need it," some say. "it will create jobs," others say. finally, it...
  7. No Space Shuttle

    I was wondering, what is the alternative for NASA, if they do not go for Space Shuttle in the post-Apollo era? The STS seems like a good idea on paper, but with the benefit of hindsight many of its flaws are obvious, and could NASA instead go with more "classical" expendable rockets and...
  8. AHC: A better post-Shuttle rocket program

    Since the early years of this century, NASA has been struggling to turn Shuttle-derived hardware into a heavy lift vehicle. It hasn't gone well. Underfunding, politically imposed design decisions and a lack of a clear purpose has resulted in a slow-motion disaster which looks bound to deliver...
  9. WI Big Bird was on the Challenger Shuttle?

    I was watching a video on Big Bird's actor, and it mentioned something about him being the one to go on that space shuttle instead of Christa McAuliffe. Obviously, that isn't the case. But what if, using whatever is needed, Big Bird was on the Challenger? What would be the effect of his death on...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. Michel Van

    Reality Check: Could NASA build Shuttle like Energia/Buran ?

    Like title say: The STS: Four - six Booster with one F-1A engine Core stage like OTL Orbiter like OTL but no SSME it got five J-2S The Engines are reused ten times The Rocket could launch also Unmanned large Cargo pods like Energia Rocket On reusability the Boosters could land with...
  15. Soviet & American Space Programs if the Soviet Union lasts until the present day

    So, let's assume that the USSR survives the 80s and 90s. There are reforms, there are hardships (though the economy never tanks as bad as Russia's did in OTL's 90s) and the rivalry with the US continues (though changing as circumstances evolve). What might the Soviets do with their space...
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