The manuscript for False Steps is done, just a quick read-through to double-check it and I'm printing it and sending it to the publisher I would like to use. That said there's still two "Chief Designer" entries that I've not stuck up on the blog yet.
Two more entries to False Steps for you, both "Chief Designers" entries. Two more to go (one written and one halfway there) and that's the manuscript for the book done. I'll be continuing the blog indefinitely, though, with more entries about projects and items that I decided to not put into the book for one of several reasons. Got to keep my profile up while it works its way to store shelves.
It's been a while, but I'm getting False Steps back up and running. For your enjoyment I present the 52nd installment of the alternate Space Race blog:
Again! It's like these guys were overambitious nutbars or something!
Posts, I mean.
Between 1967 and 1969 NASA engaged in quite a large battle over what spacecraft they should build next to get to low-Earth orbit and they space station they were sure they'd be building in the 1970s. Eventually the idea of a winged orbiter won and for better or worse we got the Space Shuttle.
I don't think the Soviets get enough credit for their space station work. The USSR's economy started stalling and eventually contracting sometime around 1970, yet they remained well ahead of the curve in orbital building until about the year 2000. So I think it's kind of interesting that a project they first started thinking about in 1979 is, as I write this, still on the boards in a much-changed-yet-still-obviously-derivat
In 1989 George Bush (the first one) told NASA to come up with a new goal in space. They came back with a Mars mission that was going to take thirty years and $540 billion dollars. After everyone stopped laughing they set about cleaning house and trying to come up with a space agency that understood how Earth worked as well as they did things outside the atmosphere.
The USSR had two manned Moon landing programs from 1965-75. Completely mental when you consider that the US had one, was straining to pay for it, and the Russian economy was considerably smaller, but there you have it.