... during the Cold War of the 1950's and 60's if you weren't developing something that stretched technology, was very expensive and could throw Nukes at the Russkies; you didn't get any money!
'Dyna-Soar' was also born at a time even before Project Mercury when the US assumed it's technological superiority over the USSR would allow a more gradual development of the manned- space program. Changing over to a 'Space-Race', beat the Soviets to the Moon, crash-program meant the 'man in a can' approach of space 'capsules'.
all images- Right click- open in New Window= super colossal size!
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