Military Man in Space: A History of Air Force Efforts to Find a Manned Space Mission
Student rept. 1945-1987
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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This report Traces the Air Forces efforts to find a manned military space role. It begins with the development of Dyna Soar shortly after World War II. The author Traces Dyna Soars evolution and political problems that caused its eventual cancellation and discusses the Manned Orbiting Laboratory from its beginnings in 1963 until its cancellation in 1969. He also gives the potential uses of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory and the reasons behind its cancellation. The beginnings of the Space Transportation System and the reasons behind the Air Forces decision to use STS as the sole means of entering space are traced. The study concludes with a short discussion on the future of Air Force manned space efforts including a follow-on to the Space Shuttle and the probability of a Space Station.
- Manned Spacecraft