Monday, Elysium Space, will attempt to launch a memorial satellite, containing cremated remains of 100 people.
The San Francisco-based company charges $2490 for this “Shooting Star Memorial” experience, which is transported on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Elysium Space Founder and CEO Thomas Civeit explained to CNN that the remains are packed into a 4-inch square satellite called a cubesat, that have tracking ability in real-time through an app as it orbits the earth.
Today’s mission is the “Star II Mission”, the previous “Star I Mission” launched in 2015, made it off the launch pad, but did not reach the planned orbit, according to the company’s website.
In 2012 “Star Trek” actor,James Doohan, who played “Scotty” had his ashes sent to the final frontier according to CNN. In 1998, astronomer Eugene Shoemaker’s ashes and Mercury 7 astronaut Gordon Cooper’s ashes were sent to the moon on NASA’s Lunar Prospector mission.
The “everlasting Lunar Memorial” is offered for $9950. The 2019 launch date for this service is unspecified as of yet because the spacecraft is launched along with much larger commercial or scientific satellites that drive the schedule.
Today, the “Star II Mission” is fully confirmed. The Elysium memorial spacecraft will be on the upcoming Spaceflight’s SSO-A Mission to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and is currently in the launch queue.