Elon Musk and his company SpaceX aren't the first private venture to attempt to make it into outer space. This is the amazing story of Lutz Kayser, an aerospace engineer from southwestern Germany, who founded a private company, OTRAG, to develop and produce a satellite launch vehicle. In search of a suitable launch area, OTRAG signs a lease with Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko for a jungle the size of East Germany.
In these surroundings, the company builds its own spaceport, a "German Cape Canaveral" in the heart of Africa, complete with its own butcher shop and marijuana plantation. But what began as an adventure slowly turns into a nightmare.
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