Conestoga liftoff

Liftoff of the Conestoga Flight


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we have liftoff!

Launch of the Conestoga Flight occurred at 7:33 am MDT (9:33 am EDT, 1:33 pm GMT), Thursday, October 23, 2014. Due to a weak mobile broadband connection at Spaceport America, the live webcast cut off before the launch occurred. But we have posted initial video of the launch on our website. We will refine the video and post that on our site tomorrow. Please click here to view the initial launch video.

Conestoga Flight families toured the launch pad and mission control Oct 19, and we held the memorial service for the 24 people on board the mission later that evening where families shared memories of their loved ones on board the mission. View video of the memorial service webcast here.

This was our 6th Earth Rise mission and 13th memorial spaceflight. We once again launched aboard an UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL launch vehicle from Spaceport America, New Mexico. The mission is named in honor Conestoga 1, the world’s first privately funded mission to space. Conestoga 1 was launched September 9, 1982 by Space Services Inc. of America, from which Celestis traces its corporate history.

With the Earth Rise Service:

  • Your loved one's dream of spaceflight is fulfilled as we launch a symbolic portion of your loved one's cremated remains into space. The cremated remains then return to Earth and are recovered.
  • You receive the flown space capsule or module -- with the cremated remains still inside -- as a keepsake.
  • You are invited to participate in our launch-related events at Spaceport America. We normally take a tour of mission control and the launch pad, view the rocket, hold a pre-launch briefing, conduct a non-sectarian memorial service for all of those on board the mission, and witness the launch.
  • You receive a video of the launch and related activities, as well as a Launch Certificate.
  • Your loved one is memorialized on our website with a biography and photo that remain on our site in perpetuity.

For more information, please contact us.

Important Dates

Reservations Close September 25
Flight Sample Kit & Documents delivered to Celestis September 29
Payload Integration October 9
RSVP to attend the launch October 9
Launch Date Oct.23

 Testimonials from Previous Flights:

Legacy Flight Family Interview with Reda Anderson
Reda Anderson Interview

Watch post-launch interview of Reda Anderson from a previous Earthrise mission, The Discovery Flight.

Participant: Ralph Bradshaw White

Legacy Flight Family Interview with The Howes
The Howe Interview

Watch post-launch interview of the Howes from a previous Earthrise mission, The Discovery Flight.

Participant: Philip Frederick Green

Legacy Flight Family Interview with The Turners
The Turner Interview

Watch post-launch interview of the Turner Family from previous Earthrise mssion, The Legacy Flight.

Participant: Alfred Floyd Turner

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