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AsCENSION

As seen on BBC's Dragon's Den.

SCATTER YOUR LOVED ONE'S ASHES IN SPACE.

 
 

What is Ascension?

We are all made of stardust.

Saying goodbye to your loved ones is never easy. Deciding when, where and how to scatter their ashes can be a lengthy and even painful process.

When celebrating the life of an explorer, you want to remember their connection to the world around them and the joy of adventure and discovery. So why limit yourself to a single place? Why not choose to remember them wherever you go?

 

 

Ascension is a final farewell, one last gift to celebrate a wonderful life. The ashes of the deceased are sent to the edge of space, over 100,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. In this place of peace and serenity, the ashes are released and carried on a final journey across the world on the winds of the stratosphere.

As the particles eventually return to Earth, precipitation will form around them creating raindrops and snowflakes. Small amounts of nutritious chemicals will stimulate plant growth wherever it lands. In this way, your loved one’s earthly remains will become a part of the cycles which create and sustain life on our planet.

After the delivery payload returns, we can return a ceremonial portion of the ashes from the journey to you, along with an optional video memorial showing the flight and the moment of release, set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of our home world from space.

 
 

The Science

We use helium gas and bespoke high altitude balloons to safely reach altitudes exceeding 30km. At 19km, the balloon passes the ‘Armstrong Limit’, commonly regarded as the border between the atmosphere and near space. Above this level, our vantage point affords an incredible view of the upper atmosphere and the curvature of the earth.

The temperature varies greatly throughout inner space, from highs of 50 celsius and lows of -120. At 100,000 feet, temperature hovers around -60 celsius. At the moment of release, any microscopic water droplets remaining in the ashes freeze instantly, creating a beautiful glittering cascade. The combination of vista and release produce an unparalleled visual, worthy of a life well lived.

As atmospheric pressure falls to below 10% of what we experience on the earth’s surface, our balloons expand to a diameter of over 15 feet before they can no longer maintain their structure. Our balloons are designed to burst evenly in thin strands which stay attached to the parachute. After all our launches, we track and recover our payloads using advanced GPS trackers, wherever they may land. This process minimises the environmental impact of the flight.

 

Packages

Simple Scattering

£795

  • A launch from our secure and reliable site near our headquarters in Sheffield.
  • Ashes scattered at ~100,000 feet.
  • The Simple Scattering does not include video recording.

Memorial Scattering

£1895

  • A launch from our secure and reliable site near our headquarters in Sheffield.
  • Ashes scattered at <115,000 feet in front of a high definition camera.
  • Video and still imagery of the launch, ascent and release provided to you.

Personal Ceremony

£Price dependent on requirements

  • A launch from a suitable site of your choice, anywhere in the world.
  • Ashes scattered at <115,000 feet in front of a high definition camera.
  • Video and still imagery of the launch, ascent and release provided to you.
  • We can produce a short film to commemorate the life of the deceased, using your footage and photos in addition to imagery from the launch.
 

Contact Us

If you are interested in Ascension, please do get in touch using the form below with some detail of when and where you would like us to launch the ashes. In all cases we strive to ensure we give you the best ceremony possible, however not all dates and locations will be possible.

Contact us today and we will help you create an everlasting memorial in the skies.

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