Blue Gemini

U.S. Air Force Blue Gemini (1962)

During the late 1950s and early 1960s the USAF was trying to determine if there was a role for military personnel in space. By 1959, the Air Force program of record to accomplish this goal was the X-20 DynaSoar, a reusable space glider.

At the same time, it was clear that Gemini would fly long before an X-20 could get into orbit. The USAF then considered sponsoring a program of orbital missions with Gemini spacecraft with the crew performing military activities. The hardware would be a NASA-type Gemini with few, if any, modifications. This proposal never got very far, as there was too much overlap with the NASA plans and there was no budget for a parallel Gemini program.