A company hoping to send people’s ashes into space has announced its next mission will be on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Elysium Space is a San Francisco based startup self-proclaimed as a mix of funeral and space experts.
In 2015, the company attempted to send a cubesat into orbit on the maiden flight of the US Air Force Super Strypi rocket. But the launch failed. The company has announced today it hopes to use its partnership with SpaceX to send its first successful “memorial mission” on a SpaceX Falcon 9.Ash Capsule
A loved one’s ashes are typically sprinkled in a meaningful place, perhaps a field or a river. Elysium Space is aiming to change that, at least for those who spent their lives focused on the stars.
The service aims to provide burials in space rather than leaving humans buried or sprinkled somewhere on Earth. The upcoming Elysium Star II memorial spacecraft launch will contain 100 ‘participants’ that are said to include enthusiasts, veterans, and more. The spacecraft will enter into a Sun-synchronous orbit and will “pass over every location in the world” during its two or so years.
“Imagine an everlasting memorial where family and friends can commemorate their departed loved ones anytime and anywhere,” its website proclaims.
“Instead of looking down upon the earth in reminiscence, we can raise our eyes to the eternal wonders within the night sky, knowing that our loved ones are always with us.”
“By looking into the infinite beauty of the night sky, we can remember the beauty of those who have touched our lives forever.”
Reservations for the Elysium Star II mission are still open via the Elysium Space website, starting at $2,490.
"Offering dedicated rideshare missions makes it easier and more affordable for organizations like Elysium Space to execute their missions," said Curt Blake, President of Spaceflight's launch division. "We are pleased to be able to play a role in their historical mission."