On October 3, 1942 the first rocket took off into space. The Germans had no idea that they had launched the birth of a ghost. It is called Bianca and she is the ghost of the rocket. In search of her origins, Bianca travels all over Germany and through time – from the cradle of space travel in Peenemünde to her planned future in Bremen. Tracing Bianca’s path, the film presents a character study of the rocket.
As the film proceeds, documentary merges with fiction, essential facts are mixed with minor trivia, earnest themes mingle with the comic, technology rubs shoulders with literature. The film is aimed at the heart of our fascination with modern technology, for which the rocket stands as its towering emblem. For Prüfstand 7 the US cultauthor Thomas Pynchon has for the first time given permission for a partial filming of his rocket novel Gravity’s Rainbow.