Berthold Seliger


Berthold Seliger

Berthold Seliger (born 1928 in Dauba in Sudeten county) is a German rocket technical designer. Berthold Seliger won a scholarship at the school of engineering of Mittweida in Saxony in 1942 and, after finishing his studies, became an assistant of the famous theoretician professor Dr. Eugen Sänger. He moved in 1956 to Orsoy at the lower Rhine, where he opened a moped workshop. In 1960 Berthold Seliger became a member of the German Rocket Society and founded in 1961 a society for rocket construction, the "Berthold Seliger Forschungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH".

In 1962/63 this society launched various rockets in the area of Cuxhaven, among this was a three-stage rocket with a maximum altitude of more than 100 kilometers (first flight: May 2nd, 1963). This rocket was the only rocket developed in postwar Germany, which reached space. In December 1963 Berthold Seliger gave a demonstration of militarily usable rockets to military representatives from non-NATO states in the area of Cuxhaven, which might have taken its part in the termination of the rocket experiments in the area of Cuxhaven in 1964.


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