Memorial Spaceflights

Excelsior Flight

Orbit our home planet on our most popular memorial spaceflight service

About The Excelsior Flight

A mission of purpose, a dream fulfilled.

Launch Experience

Witness the power and grandeur of a launch into space.

Honored Participants

Read about the participants aboard the Excelsior Flight.


Hear first hand impressions from Celestis launch guests.

Excelsior Flight Details

Mission Status: Launched successfully

Honor the dream and memory of your departed loved one aboard the next Earth Orbit Service spaceflight open for reservations. This Earth Orbit service includes

  • Personal flight capsule launched to Earth orbit aboard a commercial rocket.
  • Invitation to attend the launch and view from a preferred location.*
  • Attendance at the non-sectarian, pre-launch memorial service where you can share memories of your loved one.
  • Unable to travel to see the launch? No problem. Watch the memorial service and the launch via webcast. 
  • Service performance is guaranteed.


* Launch dates are subject to change.

Excelsior Flight

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About the Excelsior Flight

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. 

Excelsior Flight Updates

Excelsior Flight Updates

Stay informed about the Excelsior Flight schedule, important event details, live launch broadcast and more.

Earth Orbit Service #10

Celestis Memorial Spaceflight: #23
Mission Name: Excelsior Flight
Mission Status: Launched successfully
Launch Location: Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
Launch Date: April 14, 2023 at 11:47 PM PDT

Launch Experience

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.

Memorial Service
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.
Local Sightseeing
See the launch facility from which your loved one will journey into space and other local attractions.
Launch Day
"Three, two, one, we have liftoff!" Experience the power and emotion of liftoff as the rocket launches, carrying your loved one aboard.

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Excelsior Flight Mission Logo

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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