The world’s first privately funded mission to space was launched by Space Services Inc. of America on September 9, 1982. That historic launch from Matagorda Island, Texas would lead to the creation of a billion dollar market for private aerospace firms. This blog revisits the accomplishments by notable aerospace entrepreneurs over the last 30 years, and looks forward to an exciting future in private sector space activities over the next three decades. If you have played a role in private aerospace, or if you have closely followed the industry, we invite you to share your memories with us on this blog and our Facebook page. Also, consider visiting “The Launch of Conestoga 1” webpage on the Celestis website.