For someone who always loved space, longed to journey among the stars, or simply found peace and tranquility in the evening sky, orbiting Earth aboard a Celestis spacecraft is a truly befitting way to celebrate and remember a life.
Join families from around the world at the launch of the Excelsior Flight for the ultimate mission of purpose.
The launch services provider for Excelsior is Spaceflight Industries. Launch will occur on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California.
Earth Orbit Service #10
Celestis Memorial Spaceflight: #23
Mission Name: Excelsior Flight
Mission Status: Preparation for launch
Launch Location: Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
Launch Date: April 8, 2023 at 11:44 PM PST
The Celestis Excelsior Flight will launch your loved one into Earth Orbit, fulfilling the dreams of spaceflight of all those on board this memorial spaceflight. Once launched, you can track the Excelsior Flight as it joins other Celestis memorial spaceflights currently orbiting Earth. You will have the chance to share stories about your loved one, to make new friends, and to witness the power and grandeur of a launch into space: It is an experience you will cherish for years. If you cannot attend in person, you can view the proceedings via webcast. This will be Celestis’ ninth Earth Orbit mission.
Attend the Excelsior Flight memorial service, an event that brings together people from all over the world who share thoughts and remembrances of the loved ones on board.
See the launch facility from which your loved one will journey into space and other local attractions.
"Three, two, one, we have liftoff!" Experience the power and emotion of liftoff as the rocket launches, carrying your loved one aboard.
"I cannot express how thrilled my family is about the launch. It is truly a wonderful day. We watched from our homes but we celebrated with the entire Celestis and New Frontier family. Thank you, a million times over, for this opportunity. This was the only idea about which Dad showed any enthusiasm as we talked with him about his memorial service - and oh, the enthusiasm he had for this."
Katherine Stewart, Daughter of Edward Stewart
New Frontier FlightMemorial Service
, May 21, 2015
"I just received the DVD of the New Frontier Flight. It was beautiful and brought me to tears! Not only was the first part of the launch at night beautiful but the dedication to all the 'astronauts' that took their final voyage was inspiring! So many wonderful sendoffs for so many different people from all walks of life. I felt like I was actually there with everyone. Just beautiful!"
Patrick Dirlam, father of Jeffrey Dirlam
New Frontier Flight226
, June 02, 2015
"Thank you so much for helping us fulfill my husband Michael's dream of spaceflight! I couldn't think of a more fitting send-off!"
The Excelsior Flight, launched from Vandenberg, California, is the 23rd Celestis mission, the 10th to Earth orbit.
Excelsior! is an exclamation representing the exuberance of reaching outward, beyond, to lofty locales – qualities that help to define those on board as well as the goals of the mission.
Excelsior was Marvel creator Stan Lee's famous catchphrase - a Latin word meaning “ever upward.” What began as a clever sign off for Lee's comics became his life motto.
For Excelsior, Celestis returns to the birthplace of the company’s very first missions – Vandenberg Air Force Base (now Vandenberg Space Force Base) on California’s Central Coast. The scenic and historic location overlooking the Pacific is an excellent venue for celebrating lives well lived.
The Excelsior Flight logo is from well-known designer and illustrator Eric Gignac. Eric’s portfolio also includes co-design of NASA Space Shuttle mission patches for the STS 128 and 133 missions.
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