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Yes. People forget to watch out, when they think they are safe.

Like now.

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Zombie thread? I would say no as this particular one is the biggest hinge point in Treknology.


I will let this comparison chart speak for itself but consider this an effort to revitalize interest.

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Further support for this renewed cause: A potential timeline of events leading up to the advent of the DY Classes and their legacy.


10 July

Nikola Tesla is born.


Francis Galton establishes eugenics as a research field.


Nikola Tesla investigates harvesting energies from space. He believes that it was merely a question of time until men would succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature, stating: "Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe.”


13 December

The Wright Brothers achieve Earth's first powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Historical Accounts


Albert Einstein conducting work on the nature of space-time, when he is thunderstruck to find that, if his calculations are correct, it is in fact theoretically possible to evade the speed-of-light barrier by "warping" space, thus making it possible to travel interstellar distances in weeks or months instead of plodding along at a fraction of c. Einstein doesn't release these findings publicly, but discusses them with colleagues he particularly trusts. ... p?t=217588


The Philadelphia Experiment, originally classified as Project Rainbow is established by the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, with Nikola Tesla being named as Director for the project. ... nals06.htm


Nikola Tesla, at age 81, claims in a letter to have completed a "dynamic theory of gravity" that "would put an end to idle speculations and false conceptions, as that of curved space". He states that the theory was "worked out in all details" and that he hoped to soon give it to the world.


Project Rainbow's first test of invisibility is deemed a success when an unmanned US Navy ship vanishes from all detection. ... nals06.htm


1 January

Nikola Tesla informs friend and confidant Kenneth M. Swezey that he has “witnessed his own passing” in a specific vision. He instructs Swezey to remove a collective set of plans, notes and completed blueprints (Experimental works and projects that were lost in a fire; re-created from Tesla's photographic memory) secured in a locked trunk and transfer them to a museum in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He tells Swezey that the contents of the trunk are to be opened only after Humanity has put an end to it's mistrust across international borders and makes a concerted effort to push into outer space together. Among the contents of the strongbox are a set of functional plans and detailed notes on assembly for a “gravity manipulation apparatus” which will revolutionize air and space travel well beyond the orbit of Earth. The gravity apparatus is the culmination of the last twelve years of Tesla's life developed in secret and well outside of the scientific mainstream; a fact which he had feared would attract the attention of “audiences of interest”. With continuing conflict in Europe and around the world, his fears are justified.

7 January

Nikola Tesla is found dead in his room at the New Yorker Hotel. The official cause of death was coronary thrombosis but lingering doubts on this disclosure remain.

16 January

Kenneth Swezey, fearing for his life, is unable to secure passage to Belgrade. He retreats to Saint Johns, Nova Scotia pending travel arrangements.


13 February

Swezey is unable to relocate to Belgrade, Yugoslavia as instructed by the late Nikola Tesla. Fearing the cause is lost, Swezey returns to New York but is met along the route by John M. Onex, who proceeds to tell Swezey that he is Agent 120 a man of the twentieth-century relocated to an alien world far in the future and sent back to this time period to ensure that Tesla's revolutionary work be distributed as intended and for the betterment of the entire world. After a heated period of rational convincing, Swezey agrees to allowing Agent 120 to take the gravity manipulation technology to it's intended destination in Belgrade. Onex instructs Swezey to publish The Tesla Papers detailing the life, times and contributions of Nikola Tesla and charges him with ensuring that said works were proclaimed as a national heritage of human science.



Stanislaw Ulam and F. de Hoffman publish speculative ideas regarding alternate applications of nuclear energy. These ideas include the possible use of bombs to push missiles.

T.F. Dixon and H.P. Yockey at North American Aviation publish a paper discussing the use of a nuclear-powered heat exchanger to heat hydrogen or methane, and conclude that nuclear power is sufficiently promising to deserve some investigation.


Miri is born on Miri's World.

Miri (TOS)

A short paper is published by R. Serber of Project Rand surveying possible methods for obtaining thrust for a nuclear-powered rocket, including emission of fission fragments, beta and alpha particle momentum and mechanical heating. Serber concluded that using a reactor to heat particles of low mass was probably the most practical approach, although the problems of heat transfer and high temperatures would have to be solved.


A group of researchers at Johns Hopkins University publish a much more complete survey of methods for the development of nuclear aircraft and rockets. They conclude that graphite and carbide would be good materials for this purpose because of their high melting points and compatibility with nuclear reactors.

North American Aviation's Aerophysics Laboratory publish a large paper surveying many of the problems involved in using nuclear reactors to power airplanes and rockets. The study is specifically aimed at a vehicle with a range of 10,000 miles and a payload of 8,000 pounds, and covered turbopumps, structure, tankage, aerodynamics and reactor structural design for that specific mission. They conclude that hydrogen was best as a propellant, and graphite would be the best reactor material, but they assumed an operating temperature of 5700 degrees F, at that time a temperature somewhat beyond the capabilities of available materials. North American's researchers had no knowledge of the Manhattan District project or data and were not a part of the Nuclear Energy for Propulsion of Aircraft (NEPA) program being funded by the Air Force at Oak Ridge. Their work used very conservative numbers and emerged with very unpromising results for the idea of nuclear-powered rockets.

14 October

Earth test pilot Chuck Yeager becomes the first human to fly an aircraft faster than the speed of sound in his planet’s atmosphere. Yeager accomplishes the feat in a small rocket-powered vehicle called the Glamorous Glennis.

Contemporary Accounts


Roberta Lincoln is born. In 1969, she will become the personal assistant of Agent Gary Seven.

Assignment Earth (TOS)

An important series of articles in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society entitled "The Atomic Rocket" are published in 1948 and 1949 by L.R. Shepherd and A.V. Cleaver. Beyond being a fairly complete survey of issues, methods and materials, this series was unclassified, finally making the topic available to the general public. The conclusion of the series was that nuclear power would be coming to the field of rocketry.


Robert Bussard joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion program. Bussard commented that it was the first time he had ever witnessed a program that was three years behind the press clippings. General morale was low; the missile and rocket people understood and preferred chemicals, and the reactor people had no regard for the idea of flight. Bussard decided to write another survey, one with rigor as a major goal. He used data and analyses from existing chemical rockets, along with specifications for existing components. All calculations were based on what was known concerning nuclear reactors at that time. C.B. Mills, a well-known reactor physicist, lent credibility to the paper, as did A.B. Longyear of Aerojet General Corporation. Most importantly, Bussard's paper did not limit itself to a specific payload or range, but rather surveyed several ranges and payload sizes. Bussard, Mills and Longyear concluded on a weight basis, nuclear rockets would be superior to chemical rockets for all but the smallest payloads, and that the margin of superiority increased as payloads and ranges increased. It also pointed out that the problem of corrosion by hot hydrogen on graphite would have to be solved, and discussed the use of protection by metallic carbides. The study was published in the classified Journal of Reactor Science and Technology in December 1953. Eugene Wigner and Jon von Neumann at Princeton University read the paper and expressed interest to the U.S. Air Force and the Atomic Energy Commission Reactors Branch. The Air Force asked the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL), the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory to review the field and report their conclusions to the Nuclear Missiles Subcommittee of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board at its first meeting in Washington, D.C. in October 1954. The Condor Committee was formed at Los Alamos to consider possibilities for nuclear rocket propulsion. The group included Tom Gittings, Don McMillan, Phil Hammond, Phil Bendt, Lee Aamodt, George Bell, Jim Tuck and Conrad Longmire under the direction of Darol Froman, the directory of LASL's K-Division (power reactors). At the October meeting in Washington, a decision was made to study the problem for another six months.

Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory begins researching nuclear rocket systems and applications.


Herbert York of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory postulates a method for reducing the size of nuclear-core reactors considerably, thus allowing for the advancement of the NERVA I and NERVA II nuclear rocket engine systems of the coming decades.

Tom Gittings proposed to Bussard that they investigate the possibility of boosting the nuclear ICBM to high altitude using atmospheric air. The idea was modified later to use a first stage booster such as the Navajo missile. It reduced the rocket mass by a factor of five.The results were sufficiently promising that Lab Director Norris Bradbury formed a new Nuclear Propulsion Division to carry out research and development on materials and new reactor design work, with Raemer Schreiber at its head. Herbert Yorkestablished a similar division at Livermore. In June 1955, Bussard moved to Los Alamos and joined the Nuclear Propulsion Division. Project Rover had begun.

Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory initiates Project Rover, involving the Atomic Energy Commission and eventually NASA after 1958, with the entire project directly overseen and answerable to the Space Nuclear Propulsion Office after 1961.

An intensive period of study begins on the study and application of “gravity control and propulsion research” as a means of propulsion and other uses. These studies are known to have been conducted at least until 1974, when all apparent references to it cease within aeronautical and aerospace engineering circles.



29 July

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) federal agency is established in North America on Earth. Over the next century it will be responsible for many Earth spaceflights, including the Voyager series unmanned probes.

Star Trek The Motion Picture and Historical Accounts

13 December

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is established, initially created as a small expert unit within the Secretariat to assist the ad hoc Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space established by the General Assembly in its resolution 1348 (XIII) of 13 December 1958. In time, this office will be replaced by the Office of the United Earth Space Probe Agency (UESPA) in 1972. ... ce_Affairs


The first phase of Project Rover, Kiwi, is initiated. Named after the large flightless bird, it consisted of a series of non-flyable test nuclear engines, with primary focus on improving the technology of hydrogen-cooled reactors. Between 1959 and 1964, a total of eight reactors were built and tested. After conclusion of these experiments in 1964, further efforts were concentrated towards larger and more powerful Phoebus reactors. Kiwi was considered successful proof that nuclear rockets could be considered not only feasible but highly reliable and advantageous for space travel.


American President John F. Kennedy commits his nation to an ambitious program to land a human on Earth’s moon by the end of the decade.

Contemporary Accounts

The Space Nuclear Propulsion Office is established.

NASA's Marshal Spaceflight Center begin to use thermal nuclear rockets in their projected mission plans.

The United States nuclear aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65) enters service, another of the many vessels named Enterprise which will be honored in both the 23rd and 24th Centuries aboard her successors to the name.

Historical Accounts

Cryogenics is developed to facilitate certain medical procedures including open-heart surgery. Cryogenic technology would be further developed and lead to the advent of Cryonics, a method of rapidly bringing the body of a subject to near absolute-zero conditions via negative ions and the introduction of Cordrazine into the body in minute quantities.

Conjecture based on background information from The Neutral Zone (TNG)


In the Andromeda Galaxy, the Kelvan Empire launches a manned probe ship to explore our galaxy as a prelude to conquest.

By Any Other Name (TOS)

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs becomes a unit within the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs when the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space meets for the first time. ... ce_Affairs


A Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is adopted on planet Earth. The agreement represents a significant early step toward the control of weapons of mass destruction. This treaty was discovered to be in violation after the “McKinley Rocket Base Incident” of 1968.

Conjecture based on Contemporary Accounts

Vostok VI carries the first woman into space, staying aloft for 45 revolutions. Maneuvering the capsule she approaches to within 5 kilometers of the companion vessel Vostok V.
Phase Two of Project Rover, Phoebus, is initiated. The focus was placed on achieving more power than was possible with Kiwi units and maintaining the maximum power for ever longer duration. The work on Phoebus was started in 1963, with a total of 3 engines being built and tested between 1965 and 1968. Phoebus A-1 was tested on July 25, 1965, at Jackass Flats. A second test occurred three years later. Both tests were considered highly successful.


(Point of Departure between times and events in our timeline and Star Trek. From this point on, all data and events presented here are the subject of an alternate timeline and are not open to interpretation against events which may transpire in our own continuum).

Captain John Christopher is stationed at the Omaha Air Base.

Tomorrow is Yesterday (TOS)

NASA's request for $100 million to begin Phase B contractor studies of Earth-orbital space stations is granted. ... tion-1970/

Phase Three of Project Rover, Peewee, is initiated. It was small, easy to test, and well-sized for unmanned scientific interplanetary missions or small nuclear "tugs".

The McKinley Rocket Base Incident- USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), conducting historical research by order of the United Federation of Planets Star Fleet, intercepts an interstellar transport conducting Agent 147 “Gary Seven” to Earth. His original task was to sabotage the launch of a suborbital nuclear weapons platform by the United States of America in of itself a response to other nations having already launched similar platforms. At this time, the substantiating logic behind such launches was to maintain the balance of power and mutually-assured destruction in the event of a nuclear weapons exchange by any number of nations. Inadvertently, the Enterprise officers involved delayed Seven's operations as they were hesitant to commit to his assurances on the vital success of this operation. The device is launched and falls to Earth a short time later, but Enterprise officers had prevented Seven from completing the disarming process and the vehicle proceeded to landfall “hot” and armed. At a altitude of 104 miles, the vehicles was successfully detonated, and in the process gained the immediate attention of the entire globe.

This incident galvanizes global concerns about the direction of the 'space race' of the time; whether humanity was racing to space for the benefit of all, or for the sake of ensuring hastened destruction in a nuclear exchange.

The specified role and intent of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is called into question following the dissemination of the McKinley Rocket Base Incident of 1968. Many seated nations with the United Nations begin to question what role -if any- the United Nations can play in ensuring the end of the proliferation of nuclear arms in Earth orbit.


Robert Kennedy goes on to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency and win the election in November against Richard Nixon. ... y_Survives


Robert Kennedy enters office as President of the United States of America. Among his many achievements while in office is to secure funding for NASA and contracted affiliates originally requested in FY 1966, ensuring the continuation of the orbital space lab/station, and Apollo-series manned lunar missions which paved the way for the continued development of space exploration beyond the lunar horizon.

The progressive withdrawal of American forces from the Brush Wars' zone of conflict is ordered on the authority of President Robert Kennedy, and ultimately completed in mid-1970.


The United Outer Space Initiative is signed by participatory signatories of the United Nations, opening an era of international cooperation unprecedented in Human history. The Initiative calls for the establishment of an international space agency based within and directly answerable to the United Nations which is charged with overseeing the peaceful exploration and development of space including satellite and planetary bodies within the Sol system. The document is partially framed around the lessons learned from the “McKinley Rocket Base Incident”, which in of itself was an operation carried out by the United States in direct response to similar launches (or attempted launches) of nuclear missile platforms in orbit of Earth. The Initiative calls for the immediate deactivation of these platforms and the safe destruction of existing platforms. It also calls for the peaceful development of space and bodies contained within the Sol system, while appropriating provisions for the effective commercialization of said via entrepreneurship and the private business sector. The Initiative also calls for complete disclosure any and all discoveries made within the Sol system that might directly impact or harm the collective nations of Earth and it's citizens.


16 July

The first manned moon shot, consisting of three astronauts, is launched on Wednesday, 6 A.M. E.S.T. Humans first set foot on Earth's moon, Neil Armstrong being the first. It is the first of twelve successful landings on the Moon prior to the building of Base One. This is the start of Human manned interplanetary exploration.

Tomorrow is Yesterday (TOS)

18 July

Just two days after the the first successful manned lunar landing, NASA awarded North American Rockwell (NAR) and Douglas Astronautics Company Phase B space station study contracts worth $50 million each. In the period of time leading to the launch and successful orbital insertion of the 12-man space station, Douglas Astronautics succeeds in developing functional designs for both station and it's interim logistics vehicle.

Conjecture based on ... tion-1970/

The Office of the United Earth Space Agency is founded, as called for in the United Outer Space Initiative of 1969 via special appropriations committee, under the immediate supervision of the United Nations Department of Political and Security Council Affairs, with offices and support located at the United Nations complex at Vienna. The Office is founded following the near-disaster that history has come to call the “McKinley Rocket Base Incident” of 1968.



6 January

NASA announces the development of the orbital space shuttle Space Transportation System (STS). Program studies and development contract are awarded to North American Rockwell.



Shaun Geoffrey Christopher is born around this time. In the 1990's he will be a Lieutenant in the U.S. Airforce. In the 21st Century, as a Colonel, he will lead the Earth-Saturn probe.

Conjecture based on Tomorrow Is Yesterday (TOS)


Apollo 18 lunar landing places US astronauts in the Shroter's Valley region of the moon.


Apollo 19 lunar landing places US astronauts in Hyginnus Rille region of the moon. This mission allowed a study of lunar linear rilles and craters.

Four years after the founding of the Office of the United Earth Space Probe Agency, copies of Nikola Tesla's Gravity Manipulation Apparatus along with detailed instructions for assembly are dispatched virtually simultaneously to scientific authorities in the United States, Soviet Union, China, India, United Kingdom, and Japan. The revealed works of Nikola Tesla overturn nearly a century of theoretical inquiry into the nature of gravity and it's supposed limitations.



All documented studies on artificial gravity, gravity generation and related concepts suddenly cease across the board.


On Earth, Element 106 is discovered in Russia.

Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual

Astronauts of Apollo 20 discover what is now known to be a Slaver stasis box at the exact center of Crater Copernicus, which the mission had been sent to study. Gaining access to the stasis box with much difficulty, retro-engineering of it's only contents, a 'flying belt' would lead to a method of generating artificial gravity in space vessels (thus representing the final “key” to the revealed works of Nikola Tesla between 1937 and 1943) and facilities by 1984 after an intense period of study conducted by the nations of Earth. The artificial gravity breakthrough would also lead to a feasible Inertial Dampening system that would in time allow for greater vehicle velocities approaching .25c by 2018.


17 September

The first space shuttle orbiter Constitution (OV-101) is rolled out. This orbital test vehicle will conduct a number of successful glide-approach and landing tests that ultimately prove the space-worthiness of the design.



The Douglas-Yakovlev Aerospace partnership, a merger of the Douglas Aircraft Company (USA) and Yakovlev Design Bureau (Russia), is established. Following on the continued success of the NERVA program (And equally due to the incredibly-fortuitous chain of events after 1968), this partnership becomes the lead designer of thermal nuclear-driven vehicles from 1975 well into the twenty-second century. This strategically-cooperative merger would produce some of the finest examples of Earth-based interplanetary and interstellar vessels most notably beginning with the DY-Series.

Conjecture based on Star Fleet Printing Office and Aridas Sofia

The first modules of the Douglas Phase B Space Station are successfully inserted into Earth orbit. 24 hours after insertion, it's first 12-man crew arrives via the interim logistics vehicle Crew/Cargo Module (CCM).


The first manned Mars flyby is conducted by the Soviet Union via Heavy Interplanetary vehicle.

Harry Doddema – Titan Fleet Yards


25 March

The first fully-functional orbiter, Enterprise, is delivered to the Kennedy Space Center.



Phase B space station is declared fully operational.


Nuclear shuttles enter into service. Orbit of these vehicles is achieved via the Saturn V-25(S) launch system.

Conjecture based on Titan Fleet Yards – Harry Doddema

Deep space probe series' Voyager I-VI are launched during this period. Designed to collect data and transmit it back to Earth, this series is charged with the mandate to “learn all that is learnable” and transmit that data back to it's creator.

Star Trek The Motion Picture


12 April

Space shuttle Enterprise (OV-102) is launched with a crew of 2, beginning the first of long successful string of STS missions in Low Earth Orbit. Enterprise is accompanied by sister-ships Challenger (OV-103), Discovery (OV-104), Atlantis (OV-105), and Endeavor (OV-106) between 1979 and 1988.



NASA in cooperation with NPO Energia complete its "low-cost definition studies". Ostensibly studying costs of combining and reducing space mission costs to an absolute minimum. In reality, this functioned as a "grey operations project" producing the first synthetic gravity field amongst other technology; Unified Technology Project.


The US-led international coalition in developing anti-gravity technology found on the moon in the 1970s, goes public finally with the announcement of the incorporation of Douglas-Yakovlev Aerospace.


The Heavy Transport Development Project is announced. By this time, a detailed understanding of synthetic gravity generation would allow for a limited artificial gravity field effect to be generated aboard a space vehicle of sufficient size and energy generation. The project called for the design of a suitable nuclear fission rocket design that only a decade earlier was deemed too risky and cost ineffective to be practical. This development project would lead to the design of the first DY transports.


Douglas-Yakovlev aerospace is awarded the contract for developing Earth's first Heavy Transport vessel design, in the future to be known as the DY-100 Savannah class. The initial contract calls for at least three hulls to be constructed by 1991, and upon successful demonstration of flight capability and vehicle space trials, 7 additional hulls are to be constructed for a total of 10 transport-capable vessels to service the planned lunar facilities, as well as for secondary applications in interplanetary research, and colonization.

Conjecture – Aridas Sofia and Star Fleet Printing Office


The Douglas Phase B Space Station has reached it's expected operational lifetime.



The DY-100 Savannah Class Transport Development Project is announced by representatives of the fledgling UESPA. The project calls for the funding of at least 10 vessels to be constructed between 1988 and 1994. The purpose of these vessels would be to transport personnel, equipment, supplies and modules to the various orbital projects including the Space Station, and beyond to the planned lunar facilities. These vessels would also be used as limited range interplanetary exploration craft.

Conjecture based on the DY Class Construction Plans


13 May

A letter from UESPA's NASA liaison Geoffrey Mandel to Dr. Imran Ahmed, Staff Consultant for Project SETI indicates that the Botany Bay (DY-102) sleeper ship should be ready for a Mars expedition sometime in 1994, following a trial run of the Savannah (DY-100). The Eugenics supermen receive a reception in New City. A Terrestrial planet is confirmed orbiting Alpha Centauri.

The USS Enterprise Officers Manual

Cryonics is developed as an outgrowth to cryogenics. Cordrazine is a key element in this technology that allows a body to be rapidly reduced to near- absolute zero temperatures without the dangers of cellular disruption.

Conjecture based on current scientific theory and differentiating cryonics from cryogenics

Cryogenic advances are made allowing for more practical applications of the technology in space travel. Improved power supplies and maintenance software greatly enhance their commercial value.


1992 – 1996

The Eugenics Wars/World War III takes place on Earth.

Space Seed (TOS) amd Bread and Circuses (TOS)


Martian Colony 1 is established.



Martian Colony 2 is settled.



Martian Colony 3 is established.



Work begins on the development of an ion internally-metered pulse drive. Ion-impulse, utilizing beryllium fusion coupled with low-level continuum distortion resulting in a fast-moving jet of monatomic oxygen atoms, will in time provide ships with speeds surpassing 0.78c.

DY Series Comparison Chart and Space Seed (TOS)


Colonel Shaun Geoffrey Christopher commands the first successful Earth-Saturn probe mission, the most far-reaching manned exploration effort yet conducted by Earth.

Conjecture based on Tomorrow Is Yesterday (TOS)


Zefram Cochrane, the discoverer of the 'space warp', is born.

Metamorphosis (TOS)


Dr. Zefram Cochrane discovers the space warp.

Conjecture based on Metamorphosis (TOS)

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