Serenity Launch

For less than £1400, you can scatter your loved one's ashes on the edge of space. Here's what you can expect from a Serenity Launch.

 

A launch day

A Serenity Launch flies from one of our three dedicated launch sites across the UK. Each is a quiet location in the countryside with beautiful views of the local landscape, and can accommodate as many attendees as you wish to invite.

Our team will usually arrive at the launch location at around 10 to 11 am, depending on the location and the time of year. If you would prefer an alternative launch time, please let our team know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

On arrival, the team will transfer the ashes into the balloon and begin the filling process. Filling should take no more than an hour, during which time some people choose to share stories and treasured memories of the departed. Once the team are ready to launch, your countdown will trigger the release of the ashes on their final journey. If desired, we can play music or a recorded message of your choice at the moment of departure.

 Near space balloon flight being launched from Sheffield

The flight

The balloon will rise at a steady rate for 90 minutes. As the external pressure drops, the balloon will expand to over 15 metres in diameter. Eventually it will reach its limit and burst, scattering the ashes into space.

The ashes will be carried around the world on stratospheric winds, circling the globe for days or even weeks. Eventually, they will cause clouds to form and fall back to Earth as rainfall or snow. Trace nutrients in the ashes will fertilise the earth, supporting the growth of new life wherever they land.

The balloon will break into small fragments which will return to the Earth. The balloon is made of undyed natural latex which is nontoxic and will degrade at the same rate as an oak leaf, leaving no harmful traces.

Following the flight, we'll send you a certificate signed by our directors, listing the name, birth and death date of the departed and a personal message, along with the date, time and launch location of the flight.

 Aerial photograph of Earth as seen from space on a Near Space balloon flight

Booking and planning

If you have a preferred launch date, we always aim to meet your request. Our flight paths are largely dependent on weather conditions, so to minimise the risk of a cancellation we assign a launch window of one or two weeks to every launch. We can forecast flight paths with increasing accuracy in the week preceding the launch window and in most circumstances we can launch on your preferred date. We can provide three days' notice of any changes to flight schedule.

The Serenity Launch costs £1395. We launch on weekdays throughout the year. If you have a preferred launch date, talk to our team. We can often conduct a flight within two weeks of confirmation if required, or we accept bookings up to a year in advance. If you have any questions or would like to make a booking, use the 'Talk to our team' button below.

 Ascension Flights mnager Dan Blaney checking a computer screen with near space flight path predictions