The Celestis logo on an UP Aerospace Spaceloft
XL launch vehicle prior to liftoff. See
from our previous Spaceport America missions.
of the Legacy Flight
launch at Spaceport
Celestis is pleased to announce the launch of Celestis 09, the
Pioneer Flight, launched May 4, 2010 from Spaceport
America, near Las Cruces, New Mexico. The launch was Web cast,
live, on the Web site of the New
Mexico Space Grant Consortium Student Launch Program. (Watch
a rerun of the Web cast.)
This flight was an Earth Rise (suborbital) mission and was launched
aboard an UP
Aerospace SpaceLoft XL launch vehicle. We were pleased to work
with the primary sponsor of the mission, the New Mexico Space Grant
Consortium, by providing matching funds that assisted students to
launch their experiments into space.
Aboard the Pioneer Flight were flight capsules and modules
of over 19 people from the US, China,
Taiwan, and Great Britain. The capsules and modules containing cremated
remains were returned to the families of Pioneer Flight
participants. As always we welcomed friends, family members, and
others as our special guests for a launch pad tour, launch viewing,
and memorial activities.