Launching a New Era - Space Race JCC

1955 | Soviet union


Space: the final frontier. As the end of World War II neared, both the Soviet Union and the US started concerted efforts to retrieve various German scientists. These scientists brought with them the best of ballistic missile technology and knowledge. By 1955, both nations bolstered missiles that could reach into the highest atmospheres of Earth.  On July 29th 1956, James C. Hagerty, press secretary to President Eisenhower, made the announcement that the US would launch “small Earth circling satellites” as part of their contribution to the International Geophysical Year. Just four days later, at the Sixth Congress of International Astronautical Federation in Copenhagen, Soviet Physicist Leonid Sedov announced that the Soviet Union would launch a satellite “in the near future”. Thus the infamous Space Race began. 

The Premier, drawing on his skills as a military strategist, is confident that space technology can give his nation the edge in superior military missile technology. He has entrusted the various OKBs to work towards the development of this technology. The Soviet Union is strapped of resources and finances, but Chief Designer Sergei Korolev has ensured the Premier that not only can the soviets beat the USA to space, but that any scientific instrument the program puts up into space will in no way hamper the endeavor of missile support for the Soviets. 

You all have been gathered by your respective nations, either by cold war politics or genuine intrigue, to go where no human has gone before. You all will decide the course of human’s exploration into outer space. Death and deception, technology and innovation, you all will be at the forefront of a new era for humankind. Will space be used to further our understanding of how life came to be, or yet another arbiter of destruction, bringing both the US and the CCCP closer to nuclear annihilation?