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Jupiter Series by YNot1989 Jupiter Series by YNot1989
November 3, 2001: Russia relaunches its Space Shuttle program in the face of the proposed American military space shuttle. Russia is officially a partner of the United States in space, taking part in scientific missions aboard the international section of Space Station Freedom and the leased stations. Plans are put into motion for a joint-Chinese/Russian space station.

April 31, 2003: NASA retires the Shuttle-C in favor of a new Shuttle Derived Super Launch Vehicles, the Jupiter I and Jupiter III. The Jupiter III rocket is almost entirely reusable, and far more efficient to fly than the Block II Shuttle C, including an inline booster, fly-back Liquid Rocket Boosters, and a reusable main propulsion stage that detaches from the main fuel tank to re-enter the atmosphere and land on a runway. The Jupiter was originally a NASA project that never received proper funding, but its production was expedited by the Air Force.

January 4, 2004: Ares 4 and 5 reach Mars within weeks of each-other, landing the 100th person on Mars. Public support for Martian exploration has dropped off as scientists continue to make interesting geological discoveries about Mars, but have so far failed to find sufficient evidence of life on the planet that survived into the Tonian Epoch. 

January 14, 2004: President Bush announces the Constellation Program to succeed Ares. Constellation calls for next generation Mars transport ships, and a manned mission to Jupiter before the end of the decade. The President's plan will allow technology transfer to the private sector, including a new Commercial Space Shuttle and the creation of Commerical Space Station, and another major upgrade to the Block II shuttles to take off horizontally from a commercial airport. The Jupiter series of rockets and the Block II Shuttle will be the only launch vehicles used by the government that will not be accessible to the private sector.

July 4, 2004: The US Air Force christens Space Station Olympus, the world's first military space station. Olympus is tasked with providing satellite command and control and repairing US Spy and GPS satellites, a tasked formerly reserved for NASA. Olympus is built partially with External Tanks from the Military's fleet of Space Shuttles, but also contains sections from the main fuel tank of the Jupiter rockets. 

 


A credit for bagera3005 :iconbagera3005:
for the permission using the Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 [link]
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Singularidence Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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TerranTechnocrat Featured By Owner Edited Aug 15, 2016  Student General Artist
A kinda hope the Outer Space treaty is changed so nations are allowed (Russians/Chinese) to put military stations and weaponized satellites in space. As unfortunate as it may seem, that may be the only thing that would motivate Americans into refunding their space program.
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
Are you taking a break from the Second Renaissance to work on this timeline?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, I think I'll do one or two more pieces on it. After I got the fuel tanks and boosters as their own layers its just a matter of cutting and pasting.
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