How it works
After you have booked one of our memorial services, you will receive in the mail a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect a cremated remains sample. The kit includes a mini-scoop to easily transfer a symbolic portion of the remains from a cremation urn to the capsule. Simply ask assistance from a funeral professional if you are uncomfortable doing it yourself. The kit includes a shipping box with a pre-addressed/pre-paid label for US customers and shipping instructions for international customers. The capsule is individually prepared to have the initials of your choice, up to 3 characters, elegantly engraved on its cap.
After you ship the capsule back to us we will carefully and respectfully place your capsule in a dedicated spacecraft module. A module offers multiple individual niches, each holding one ash capsule, and is tightly closed before integration into the spacecraft. All components of the spacecraft have been designed and are engineered for the space environment. The structure and capsules are made of space-grade anodized aluminum alloy and the modules from high-tech Windform XT material. All have passed NASA screening to fly into space.
In addition to the capsule, an engraved message of your choice, up to 80 characters, will be carried by the memorial spacecraft to the stars.
The launch will take place in the United States (most likely from Cape Canaveral, FL, Vandenberg AFB, CA, or Wallops, VA). This fantastic and unique event will be webcasted and we will provide a professionally produced video as well. Moreover, you and your guests are welcome to attend the launch viewing event and celebrate while watching the rocket reach the final frontier. After the Elysium spacecraft is deployed, you will receive a certificate attesting the success of the launch, including the official spacecraft tracking ID assigned by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
The Elysium memorial spacecraft is launched along with large commercial or scientific satellites. Depending on the initial altitude of the latter, our memorial spacecraft will respectfully and peacefully orbit the Earth from a few months to several years. Family and friends will follow this journey through the stars using our beautiful mobile app freely available for iOS and Android devices. Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly reenter the Earth’s atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star.