Elysium Space to Launch Memorial Flight on SpaceX Falcon 9 Mission

Falcon 9 lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: SpaceX)

SAN FRANCISCO (Elysium Space PR) – The pioneering company in memorial spaceflight, Elysium Space, is announcing today that its Elysium Star II memorial spacecraft will be on Spaceflight’s SSO-A dedicated rideshare mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Last November Elysium Space announced its revolutionary partnership with Spaceflight, a leading provider of launch and mission management services, to offer annual memorial spaceflight services to families, drastically reducing waiting times from years to months.

“We are honored to assist families in achieving their dreams, riding on one of the greatest rocket in the world. This historical launch provides the perfect conditions to make this memorial spaceflight an exceptionally meaningful experience for all participants.” said Thomas Civeit, founder and CEO of Elysium Space.

The 100 participants already booked for the upcoming Elysium Star II mission include U.S. military veterans, aerospace enthusiasts, and families looking to celebrate a loved one within the poetry of the starry sky. Families are welcome to join this historical launch event at Vandenberg in Southern California, or to watch via a live stream.

The spacecraft will be deployed in a Sun-synchronous orbit, ensuring it will pass over every location in the world during its journey among the stars, which will last about 2 years before re-entering the atmosphere as a shooting star. The free iOS/Android Elysium mobile app will display the memorial spacecraft location in real time during the mission, enhancing the overall personal connection and experience. Reservations for the Elysium Star II mission are still open via the Elysium Space website, starting at $2,490.

The Elysium Space memorial spacecraft are the first dedicated satellites ever launched for this purpose, and offer the most personal experience; previous memorial spaceflights consisted in mounting participants’ capsules to a rocket upper stage or another existing satellite.

SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base has a long history dating back to the early 1960s. Originally an Atlas launch pad activated in 1962, SLC-4E was in active use until a final Titan IV launch in 2005. SpaceX’s groundbreaking was in July 2011, and the pad was completed in just 17 months later in November 2012.

“Offering dedicated rideshare missions makes it easier and more affordable for organizations like Elysium Space to execute their space missions,” said Curt Blake, President of Spaceflight’s launch division. “We are pleased to be able to play a role in their historical mission.”

This milestone allows Elysium Space to pursue its prime mission of offering exceptional tributes that are within the reach of most families; by looking into the infinite wonder of the night sky, we can remember the beauty of those who have touched our lives forever.

About Elysium Space

Elysium Space is a unique team of space and funeral experts who combine deep knowledge and wide experience from many NASA space missions and the funeral profession, and with backgrounds that span from space operations and systems engineering to anthropology and funeral direction. Elysium Space believes that now is the time to change the vision of death: from the Underground to the Celestial. The company is dedicated to offering meaningful celestial services to the world, celebrating and memorializing the significance of lives lived with dignity and honor. Elysium Space was founded in 2013, with headquarters in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit: http://elysiumspace.com.

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  • OldCodger

    What a complete waste of money and resources, still everyone to their own I suppose.

  • Raketenmann

    Hey – It supports the industry and give people good feelings. IMO better than spending the money to take up space in the ground.

  • Kapitalist

    It supports and protects a useless industry which is unable to produce anything. Like the SLS/Oreo junk. These people and investments would’ve been reorganized in productive private companies if government monies (TAKEN from productive private companies) hadn’t been available to corrupt them and make them completely improductive and wasted.

    It would’ve been much cheaper and safer to keep flying the space shuttle. Everything NASA tries to do in HSF just makes things worse.

  • duheagle

    Was this comment intended to go somewhere else or have you just developed a one-size-fits-all generic comment that you intend to slot into every thread from now on?

    I ask that because nothing you wrote there seems at all applicable to the specific topic of Doug’s post. The funeral industry is not useless even if it is also not irreplaceable. If humans were utterly rational creatures, funeral services would probably be a minor offshoot of the sizable rendering industry which deals with the remains of other large animals. But, as humans are not utterly rational, and have a considerable fondness for ritual and tradition, the funeral industry has arisen to service these wants. Space “burial” is entirely in keeping with this.

  • Kapitalist

    “Supporting the industry” is the worst kind of argument. Space funerals are cool and support themselves. I hope they can extend it to interplanetary flights, like Clyde Tombaugh’s ash on the New Horizons. GEO should also be great so that customers actually can point to a part of the sky and say that there it is. Forever.

    Doug Messier rarely comments any of “his” posts. I’d like to see more of his take on things.