Celestis is the only company to have successfully conducted memorial spaceflight missions, the only company to have been selected by NASA to honor one of its scientists, and for more than two decades an iconic pioneer and global leader of the commercial space age.
Since 1997 Celestis Earth Orbit Service missions have been chosen by individuals and families from more than 20 nations and all walks of life. Our unmatched experience and demonstrated devotion to our families is the reason we’ve been able to fulfill the dream of spaceflight for artists, astronauts, engineers, educators, restaurant owners, science fiction lovers, celebrities or adventurous souls or simply to a final resting place in space.
Celestis, Inc. was founded in 1995. The first Celestis Memorial Spaceflight -The Founders Flight -- in 1997, launched a symbolic portion of the cremated remains of 24 pioneers – including Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, 60s icon Timothy Leary, and Princeton University physicist Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill – into Earth orbit aboard a Pegasus XL rocket.
Since the Founders Flight, Celestis has conducted additional Memorial Spaceflights – traveling to, and returning our precious spacecraft from, outer space; orbiting planet Earth; and even placing our flight capsule on the surface of the Moon. Soon, we will launch our first Voyager Service mission – sending our craft on an endless journey into deep space.
Celestis missions are available to all, surprisingly affordable, easy to schedule, environmentally benign, and authorized by US government regulations ensuring compliance with international law.
Celestis was co-founded and is led by Charles M. Chafer, an internationally recognized high technology entrepreneur and pioneer of the commercial space age. Mr. Chafer has testified before Congress on commercial space issues, participated in White House working groups on space policy, is regularly profiled in international print and visual media, and has published numerous articles in the field.
We trace our corporate roots to two companies: Space Services Inc. of America and the Celestis Group of Melbourne, Florida.