"Robert Godwin has created an unparalleled look at this oft-forgotten program..." -- collectspace.com, September, 2003
"Robert Godwin's evocative compendium does superb justice to one of aerospace history's great "what ifs"." -- hyperscale.com, August, 2003
"Thanks for a great account of one of the most fascinating space projects that never flew." -- Andrew Chaikin, author of
"an encyclopedic look at an aircraft that could have changed the whole tenor of the Cold War space race..." -- Space.com, September, 2003
"treasure trove of material that provides the closest thing anyone today can get to an inside view of the project" -- IEEE Spectrum, September, 2003
From the Author
The Dyna-Soar story is a tale of high-stakes and high technology involving the leading players in the world of politics and aerospace. Some of the best-known heroes of the American space program played a hand in that story.
This book looks at the story of Dyna-Soar through the official documentation that flowed between the Air Force, NASA and the contractors. There are a few interesting additions such as an article written by Dornberger years after Dyna-Soar was cancelled making a case for the validity of the aerospace plane concept and there is a copy of the bibliography that Sanger used when he prepared his original report. The details of the political machinations can be partially divined from reading these documents but the real narrative is still waiting to be told.
This book however is just one chapter in an enormous story that is still being written.
In the end we can only imagine how the geopolitical climate might be different today had the X-20 Dyna-Soar flown in space.