21 photographs of the Conestoga I launch, Matagorda Island, TX, September 9, 1982, gelatin silver prints, 5 x 7 inches (125 x 180 mm), together with media pass badge for Mark Chartrand of Space World magazine.
Documenting the launch of the first privately funded rocket to reach space. The company behind the launch was Space Services Incorporated of America, their rocket the Conestoga. After a test pad explosion on August 5, 1981, the company's CEO David Hannah, Jr., hired Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, who had recently left NASA. 57 investors put up $6 million in total, and on September 9, 1982, a crowd of 200 spectators watched the new rocket reach an altitude of 313 km.
Images include: the rocket on its launch pad (7), launch site facilities, guests and staff members, Slayton speaking, SSIA founder Hannah.