Based on Eügen Sanger's German WWII research for an "antipodal bomber," the Dyna-Soar (“Dynamic Soaring”) glider would be launched on a large booster, be over the "area of interest" at any spot in the world in less than an hour, collect its intel and land on a conventional runway anywhere in the western US. Total mission time: less than two hours from liftoff to touchdown. Other versions had full orbital capabilities to service any of the Air Force space stations being proposed in the early '60s.
Part I, written by Air Force historian Dr. Roy Houchin with full access to all official documents, details the history of the program. Part II, written by the editor and aerospace historian, Jack Hagerty, covers the amazing technology developed to allow the Dyna-Soar to accomplish its seemingly impossible mission and all of the subsequent programs that benefited from that research.
This book will be the definitive work on the program for some time to come.
Foreword by Dyna-Soar Pilot Al Crews
Prologue - A Flight of Fancy
Chapter 1:Boost-Glide Weapon System Applications Study: June 1958—June 1959
Chapter 2:Dyna-Soar Step II Studies & the Manned Military Space Capability Study: October 1960-September 1961
Chapter 3:System Requirement (SR)-178 Global Surveillance System and the USAF Five-Year Space Program
Chapter 4:Questions and Answers: 15 March — 10 October, 1963
Chapter 5:A Meeting in Denver and a Final Look at the Anti-Satellite Mission: 23 October—10 December 1963
Chapter 6:Conclusion The Military Legacy of Dyna-Soar
Chapter 7: Dyna-Soar Glider Design
Chapter 8: Dyna-Soar Launch System Design
Chapter 9: Alternate Configurations and a Legacy to Other Programs
Glossary of Acronyms and Program Names
Appendix - The Modeling World
Posted by Frank Crowley on 11th Jan 2021
This book needed to be written. It captures the period in the sixties between rocket propelled aircraft being tested and thoughts of space and the uses of that new frontier. I have wanted a "one place" to shop concerning this program, and I am very happy to report this is it. My congratulations to the author for providing the answers to so many questions.