For $1,990, Elysium Space, which is today announcing itself to the world, will send a portion of your cremated remains – or those of your loved one – into space on a CubeSat that will then orbit the Earth for several months before ultimately re-entering the atmosphere and burning up in in a spectacular blaze. With that entry fee, you’ll also get the opportunity to watch the launch live, and you can track the satellite’s movements via a mobile app.
Elysium Space is named after the Greek mythology afterlife realm: Elysium, where the righteous and the heroic remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life.
After signing up and paying for the service at the Elysium Space website, the company sends you a scoop and a small capsule, which you fill with Aunt Ann’s ashes from that urn you always keep under your bed. You then send the package back via USPS (UPS, FedEX, and DHS won’t ship cremated remains), and Elysium loads up the capsule, along with a few hundred others, onto the small spacecraft in preparation for take-off.
The specially designed memorial spacecraft respectfully and peacefully orbits the Earth for several months. Family and friends can follow this journey through the stars using our beautiful mobile app, which shows in real time the spacecraft location and how the world looks from this majestic place. Eventually, the spacecraft harmlessly reenters the Earth's atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star.
Elysium Space is concerned by the space environment and does not create orbital pollution. The next launch is scheduled for summer 2014 and will take place at the Cape Canaveral launch facility in Florida.
You can read more about Elysium Space at http://elysiumspace.com/.
My thanks to newsletter reader Ed Braswell for telling me about Elysium Space.