Memorial Spaceflights

Pioneer Flight

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.

About The Pioneer 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 Pioneer Flight.


Hear first hand impressions from Celestis launch guests.

About the Pioneer Flight

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.

Earth Rise Service

Mission Name: Pioneer Flight
Launch Location: Spaceport America, NM
Launch Date: May 04, 2010

Pioneer Flight Mission Logo