A small but significant number of past and future questions involve space technology prior to the October 1957 launch of Sputnik 1. There does not seem to be any dedicated tag for such topics. What are your thoughts regarding the tags for these topics?
Two approaches involve putting everything preceding Sputnik into one tag:
Repurpose the existing history tag explicitly for this purpose. Move anything post-Sputnik to a more appropriate tag. There are over 360 questions with this tag. It seems that people use this tag for anything they think is "old".
Questions about space personnel, agencies, and technologies prior to the October 1957 launch of Sputnik 1.
The other approach is to have specific tags for early topics, which might include the following.
- Invention of the gunpowder rocket in China.
- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's work
- Robert Goddard's work
- Hermann Oberth's work
- V-2 and other German WWII work
- Operation Paperclip, Redstone Arsenal
NACA (NASA's predecessor). I'd specifically like to see this one.
The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics was the U.S. agency responsible for space flight from 1915 until it was absorbed by the creation of NASA in 1958.