A Millennium in Space pt 1/?


Future Dubstar and Rocketkid
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Aug 18, 2010
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I always have ideals for space related fiction but I dont have time to write them in actual books. Im also bad at writing so i dont need a lot literary criticism. And im procrastinating on some of my music projects so writing this bizarre piece of fiction is something im doing.

tl;dr this is timeline with random quotes and commentary of space stuff for the next 1000 years

The First Century or so​

Even though many people debate it, I like to think that April 12 1961 is the date when humanity became a space faring species. Though it is hard to imagine now, that one orbit sparked a decade of frenzy... where two nations used their weapons of war and destruction to send people beyond the limits of the atmosphere and to places hostile to the presence of both man and machine. All the basics of spaceflight emerged between 1961 and 1971.

The first space vessels were primitive. Often, they had more in common with spacesuits than spaceships of later years. 1 seaters were the norm during the vostok and mercury programs. 2 seat capsules evolved during the voskhod and gemeni programs. 3 seat+ were the norm after the apollo and soyuz programs.

By 1971, humans reached space, lived in space, visited the moon, and set numerous probes to other planets. Even though a lot was achieved, the momentum of the previous decade would not last into the 1970s.


By 1971, the United States of America was the clear victor of the space race... It had sent several of its citizens to the moon while its rival, the soviet union, was abandoning its own plans for a moonshot. Just like a country defeating another in a war, it found a continued presence on the moon to be unnecessarily expensive and started to focus on stuff at home and new threats abroad.

The Soviet Union, realizing its inability to beat america in a moonshot, expanded its operations in low earth orbit. The first space station was a direct result of the soviet Salyut programme. The US also followed by cannibalizing remnants of its Apollo moon program and creating the Skylab station.

In the 1980s the first reusable vehicle was built by the US. The space shuttle sent people back and forth to space for 30 years. It was a reliable vehicle and its design was a reflection of the ambition that existed during the 1960s. It was also very expensive and failed to live up to its early expectations. Its retirement in 2011 allowed NASA(an early US space agency) to re-expand beyond LEO.

Just like the US space shuttle, the soviet soyuz capsule was also very reliable. And unlike the space shuttle it was (relatively) cheap... Descendants of the soyuz served well into 22nd century.

By 2001, there were two space stations in orbit. One in the process of retiring and one being built. Mir, a space station which served from 1986 to 2001 saw the collapse of its original builder and birth of a new world order of peace and cooperation...and the rise of new powers which would add flavor to realm of human spaceflight... The ISS(international space station), launched in 1998, would be a symbol of both.


The retirement of the american space shuttle caused the US to be in an akward situation...since it operated orbital facilities on the ISS but didnt have a means to send people to those facilities. From 2011 to 2019, the US was forced to rely on its former rival (russia) for its manned spaceflight needs.

By the time the NASA began to deploy its own space vehicle(the Orion capsule in 2021) numerous nations and agencies had a presence in space. In 2027, the US initiated a manned cislunar exploration program. Unlike the apollo program, this wasnt only for americans... Astronauts from europe, russia, latin america, japan, and Canada also flew along on various ground and orbital missions. Ground sorties usually involved the use of 2-3 LEM(lunar exploration modules) which were built jointly by boeing and arianespace. In many cases, cubesat landers and orbiters were brought along during the missions. Cubesats were small space probes which made use of miniaturized components developed in the previous decades.

While cis-lunar exploration picked up, activity in LEO decreased...at least for governmental agencies. Commercial Astronauts and Orbital Tourists often visited the ISS before its retirement in 2035...while on board, they helped the small ISS crew with experiments and the upkeep of the space station. Commercial spaceflight programs...building off of early research, allowed NASA and friends to explore the moon and beyond without having a direct hand in the management of orbital facilities. Space companies were really popular at the time.

Mirroring the space race of the 1960s, the asian powers sought to expand their influence in space. China launched its first taikonaut in 2003... India countered that with the launch of its first Brahmanaut in 2024. While china developed the ShenLong(Mir like) station in the late 2020s, India launched a series of stations(based off of empty upper stages like Skylab) under the Dharma program in the early 2030s. Eventually the cat and mouse game between india and china would move from LEO to the moon.

==Ill get the next part tommorow==