SpaceX and Elon Musk weren’t the first! About the meteoric rise and sudden fall of the first-ever private space company: foolhardy, ingenious and »Made in Germany«. Like a political thriller, FLY ROCKET FLY tells of the charismatic visionary and entrepreneur Lutz Thilo Kayser who relocates to General Mobutus’ Congolese jungle with other passionate engineers in order to conquer space. When the inventors almost topple the world order of the Cold War with their rocket launch system they come into the unrelenting firing line of super powers until their downfall seems certain. Featuring unique and never seen before archive footage and enigmatic contemporary witnesses.

Category Documentary
Original title Fly Rocket Fly
Director Oliver Schwehm
Production Lunabeach Film & TV
Country Germany, Belgium
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 52/90 min
Year 2018
Broadcaster RBB/ARTE, RTBF
Language German, English, French
Subtitles English, German
Genre Biography, Economy, Geopolitics, History & Archive Footage, Science


  • Filmfest München (World Premiere), Germany (2018)
  • Docville, Belgium (2019)
  • BAFICI, Argentina(2019)
  • Millennium Docs Against Gravity FF, Poland (2019)
  • 45th Seattle International Film Festival (Documentary Competition), USA (2019)
  • 59th Krakow Film Festival, Doc+Science section, Poland (2019)
  • German Film Week, Lebanon (2019)
  • InScience - International Science FF Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2019)

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