MEMORIAL SPACEFLIGHTS

Established 1994

Orbit The Earth Like You’ve Always Dreamed…Then Return In A Final Blaze Of Glory

Leave the bonds of Earth and escape the sky. Experience the cosmic rhythms of sunrise and sunset every 90 minutes. Transmit a precise location in space to friends and loved ones below. The Celestis Earth Orbit service spacecraft provides all of these and more.

Your family and friends will gather at the launch site, joining space experts and astronauts for a three-day celebration of life, exploration, and remembrance. On launch day, they will witness the liftoff of a powerful rocket with the Celestis spacecraft and its precious payload aboard.

Once in orbit, the spacecraft continues on its mission for months or years (mission dependent), eventually re-entering and burning up in its entirety, blazing like a shooting star in final tribute.

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Soar to Earth Orbit on the Excelsior Flight

 

Earth Orbit: Excelsior Flight

Whether you celebrate the life of a loved one, or plan to fulfill your own dream of spaceflight, the Earth Orbit service is the most extraordinary way to celebrate a life. Tickets start at just $4,995 for this epic flight. 0% interest payment plans, and military discounts are available. Availability is extremely limited. Don’t miss out, contact Celestis today.

Earth Orbit

Traverse Our Home Planet

Honor the dream and memory of your departed loved one aboard the next Earth Orbit Service spaceflight open for reservations. This Earth Orbit service includes…

  • Personal flight capsule launched to Earth orbit aboard a commercial rocket.
  • Invitation to attend the launch and view from a preferred location.*
  • Attendance at the non-sectarian, pre-launch memorial service where you can share memories of your loved one.
  • Unable to travel to see the launch? No problem. Watch the memorial service and the launch live, via webcast.
  • Service performance is guaranteed.

* Launch dates are subject to change.

“Thank you so much for helping us fulfill my husband Michael’s dream of spaceflight! I couldn’t think of a more fitting send-off!”

-Michele Bonner 

The Excelsior Flight:
Orbit Our Planet

For someone who always loved space, longed to journey among the stars, or simply found peace and tranquility in the evening sky, orbiting Earth aboard a Celestis spacecraft is a truly befitting way to celebrate and remember a life.

Join families from around the world at the launch of the Excelsior Flight for the ultimate mission of purpose.

The launch services provider for Excelsior is Spaceflight Industries, which hosted the Celestis Horizon Flight that flew into Earth orbit in January 2021. Launch will occur on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Reservations: OPEN
Launch Date: Q1 2023

Discover a Uniquely Compelling Experience

Experience Space Firsthand

A part of you will be traveling through the cosmos while you also remain earthbound if you desire.

Attend the Launch

For those wishing to attend the launch of the mission, a multi-day service is presented by Celestis. Launch site tours, a memorial service, and VIP viewing from a dedicated location provide a uniquely compelling and fulfilling experience that’s like nothing else available on Earth.

A Legacy of Trust

For nearly three decades, Celestis has honored the lives of loved ones from more than 35 nations. People from every background and leaders in science,  exploration, the aerospace industry, NASA, entertainment & film, education, and military service have placed their trust in Celestis to fulfill their goal of spaceflight. In return, Celestis provides unparalleled customer service with respect, care, and commitment. We are honored to share with you their stories.

SSGT John James Cleaver

Battlefield hero, bronze star, Purple Heart recipient

James "Scotty" Doohan

Canadian actor, known for his role as Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott (”Scotty”) in the television and film series Star Trek

Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. (Col., USAF)

Aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and as one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury orbited the Earth aboard Faith 7.

Gene & Majel Barrett Roddenberry

Screenwriter, actress, and producer of Star Trek TV series.

Mareta West

The first woman astrogeologist, the lunar geologist at NASA who determined the crucial site for the first landing on the Moon.

Masaru Tomita

Two-time, all-star Japanese professional baseball player.

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EARTH ORBIT SERVICE DETAILS

When you select a Celestis Spaceflight, you’ve chosen the pioneer and most experienced team ever assembled to fulfill the dream of spaceflight for yourself or a loved one. Celestis’ attention to detail, flawless execution, and performance guarantee ensures a memorial experience like no other.

Destination: Earth Orbit

A Celestis flight capsule containing cremated remains or DNA is placed aboard a satellite or rocket that will orbit the Earth. Track the Celestis spacecraft on this website.

 

Launch Invitation

Attend all Celestis launch events including a launch site tour, astronaut dinner, memorial service, and launch viewing from a preferred location. Most events are webcast, permitting participation by friends and loved ones unable to attend.

Keepsakes

Celestis produces a custom video of the experience, provided to each participant’s family. An official Certificate of Mission Completion, specifying mission accomplishments, is also included.

Advance Planning

Celestis Above™ provides an easy-to-use tracking tool that lets family and friends track the mission’s progress as the Celestis satellite orbits the Earth or makes its way into deep space. Create additional remembrances and celebrations as the spacecraft orbits overhead or reaches key locations.

Veteran's Preference

Celestis proudly offers a reduced price for veterans.

Performance Guarantee

The Celestis contract contains a performance guarantee offering a complimentary second mission should the first mission attempt fail to achieve success.

Destination: Earth Orbit

A Celestis flight capsule containing cremated remains or DNA is placed aboard a satellite or rocket that will orbit the Earth. Track the Celestis spacecraft on this website.

Launch Invitation

Attend all Celestis launch events including a launch site tour, astronaut dinner, memorial service, and launch viewing from a preferred location. Most events are webcast, permitting participation by friends and loved ones unable to attend.

Keepsakes

Celestis produces a custom video of the experience, provided to each participant’s family. An official Certificate of Mission Completion, specifying mission accomplishments, is also included.

Advance Planning

Celestis Above™ provides an easy-to-use tracking tool that lets family and friends track the mission’s progress as the Celestis satellite orbits the Earth or makes its way into deep space. Create additional remembrances and celebrations as the spacecraft orbits overhead or reaches key locations.

Veteran's Preference

Going the DNA route? The Celestis DNA™ service includes – at no extra cost – a DNA Memorial Home Banking Solution kit. In addition, Genetic Health, Inc. will provide a second DNA sample permitting long-term DNA storage at home. This ensures that your genetic history is preserved and available for future analysis and assessment.

Performance Guarantee

The Celestis contract contains a performance guarantee offering a complimentary second mission should the first mission attempt fail to achieve success.

About Celestis

Celestis is the only company to have successfully conducted 17 Memorial Spaceflight missions, and the only company to be selected by NASA to honor one of its scientists. For nearly three decades, Celestis has been an iconic pioneer and global leader of the commercial space age.

A Look Back on Our Missions

Starseeker flight
Heritage Flight
Tribute Flight
New Frontier Flight