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LOFT-1: 1st Private Rocket launch from Cape Canaveral

On November 17, 1988, the E'Prime Aerospace Corporation launched a ten foot tall sounding rocket called LOFT-1 (Launch Operations Flight Test -1) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. LOFT-1 was only intended as a pathfinder mission, as E'Prime had plans to launch bigger rockets in the future with its main objective to gain part of the private payload launch business.

But, alas, LOFT-1 was both the first and last E'Prime LOFT rocket launch, with LOFT-1's success leading nowhere for E'Prime in the commercial rocket launch business (All photo credit: Ken Havekotte).