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On Sept. 9, 1982, a initial private rocket launched from a Texas cattle ranch.
The Conestoga 1 rocket was designed by Space Services Inc. of America and built from gangling tools of other rockets. It was named after a form of lonesome car that used to ride American settlers westward to a new limit during a 19th century.
The 36-foot rocket carried off from a private launch trickery on Matagorda Island, Texas and flew for 10 and a half minutes. It reached an altitude of 195 miles and became a initial secretly saved rocket to strech space. The usually cargo on house was 40 gallons of water, that didn’t offer most systematic purpose, though it was ejected from a booster during rise altitude to offer as a visible pen so belligerent crews could watch.
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