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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.
The X-20 Dyna-Soar is as much a legend as it ever was a real thing. It was to be the world’s first manned and piloted space plane, with an initial orbital flight and glide back to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Doctor Moss
Excellent source of information on an obscure topic. Mr. Godwin has done a great service by collecting and reprinting this information in a single book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Scott Gregory
THE ORIGINAL DYNA-SOAR,WHICH I WORKED ON IN THE 1950'S, WAS NOT A MANNED VEHICLE. IT WAS NOT A FOLLOW ON TO THE X-15. IT WAS A CLASSIFIED, UN-MANNED WEAPON DELIVERY SYSTEM. Read morePublished on August 1, 2008 by SPACE SCIENTIST
This is the most comprehensive book I've ever seen on the X-20 Dyno-Soar. It has very detailed descriptions of the research and development that was done to make this space plane... Read morePublished on March 17, 2007 by Franklin H. Neal III
If you had asked someone from the aerospace industry in the mid ninteen-fifties how they thought that manned spaceflight would evolve, it's likely that they would have described... Read morePublished on June 20, 2006 by Voodude
The X-20 program is little known and there is very little information about it in print or on the internet. Read morePublished on June 16, 2006 by Robert K. Andrepont
Apogee Books' "Dyna-Soar" is an amazing collection of documents, both military and contractor, of the U.S. Air Force's first hypersonic strategic glider. Read morePublished on March 26, 2006 by Joseph T. Page II