• mzungu

    I remember my tech friends @ SV joked that when they try to sell you home delivered dog food again on the internet, it is time to get out….. Space burial? Never seen that coming. May be with just $49.95 more, they’ll name a star after your loved one too. LOL

  • JamesG

    Space burial has been around for a while (actually its launching your ashes on a sub-orbital shot out over the ocean). And yeah, you can “buy” a star or crater on the Moon or Mars. I don’t think it even costs $49.95 either.

  • Paul_Scutts

    I know some people are just dying to get into space, this could fill that need, sort of. 🙂

  • freedom_and_justice

    This video piqued my curiosity, so I did some research online and found the following:

    Celestis has been conducting space burials since the late 1990s. They’ve had 14 missions so far, including missions into Earth Orbit, suborbital flights, and one lunar mission. They have 2 missions scheduled for this year alone. See http://www.celestis.com/manifest.asp

    In the video, Risen claims they are solving a problem of lack of burial space. Assuming this is a problem (and I imagine it may be in a densely populated nation like Japan or Singapore), space burial is not poised to solve that problem anytime soon. I found that the cremated remains of a body typically weigh between 4 pounds (1.8 kg) to 6 pounds (2.7 kg). Celestis launches only 1 to 7 grams of a person’s ashes. On their FAQ page they say that’s due to the high price of launches. Indeed, I’ve been following the aerospace industry for decades, and launches typically cost hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s hard to see how raising just $1 million will do any good.

    I’d be wary of this Risen organization. Something doesn’t smell right.

  • Paul451

    just burial at sea is a whole lot cheaper solution to the shortage of graveyard real estate, or burial in the Sahara (no embalming nessissary).

    Yeah, first thing that jumped out at me. “The world has been running out of burial space for years”, no it hasn’t. Even their own quoted newscares say: “Ashes of 1,355 people whose remains were never claimed will be buried in one, single grave.” Clearly we are not running out of room for cremated remains, even within established, high-demand, inner-city cemeteries.

    Therefore only issue is full body burial at existing established cemeteries close to a large population that wants to use it. Since the company only is offering (or pretending to offer) the launch of cremated ashes into very-LEO (“orbiting from 10 to 300 days. The remains will then burn up on re-entry”), it isn’t talking about anything remotely similar to the thing that’s actually running out. (Even if they were legit.)

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Agreed. This is one story that Doug should dig deeper to find out if those who plan this business have a reputable or disreputable background.