|Liftoff of The New Frontier Flight,
May 22, 2012, Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Image Credit: NASA
James Edward Rogan
was an aerospace engineer who worked with Celestis for many
years. He was a colleague and good friend to all of us at Celestis.
Celestis is pleased to announce the launch of our eleventh memorial
spaceflight, The New Frontier Flight, a mission dedicated
to the pioneering spirit of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Liftoff
occurred at 2:44 am CDT, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 on a SpaceX Falcon
9 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
This flight was an Earth Orbit Service
mission that reentered the Earth's atmosphere at 10:22 pm CDT, June
26. The satellite's altitude varied between approximately 165 miles
(265 kilometers) and 196 miles (315 kilometers), and orbited the
Earth 576 times at an inclination (relative to the Earth's equator)
The New Frontier Flight was dedicated to the spirit of
the 320 mission participants
and to people everywhere who share the passion for exploration and
discovery. The spacecraft carried a symbolic portion of the cremated
remains of each flight participant on Earth orbit. Among the people
aboard this mission were Mercury Seven NASA astronaut L.
Gordon Cooper, Star Trek actor James
Doohan (who played “Mr. Scott”) and hundreds of
people from various walks of life in the United States, Canada,
Germany, the United Kingdom, China, India, Taiwan, Japan, Australia,
The Netherlands, France, South Africa and Russia.
Celestis missions are environmentally friendly in that no cremated
remains are released into space. Each Celestis spacecraft stays
permanently attached to a rocket stage that orbits Earth until the
spacecraft harmlessly re-enters and is completely consumed by Earth’s
atmosphere — blazing like a shooting star in final tribute
to the passengers aboard.
The New Frontier Flight flew with two other Celestis
satellites currently orbiting our planet. In addition to its Earth
orbit service, Celestis offers missions to the Moon, into deep space,
and on trajectories that launch the cremated remains into space
and return them to Earth.
“The celebrities and everyday people who participate in our
various missions all shared in the dream of exploring the great
unknown,” said Charles Chafer, CEO of Celestis. “With
Celestis, the dream of spaceflight, and the desire to take part
in the opening of the space frontier can be realized – and
is available to everyone.”
reentry of The New Frontier
The New Frontier Flight
reentered Earth's atmosphere at 10:22 pm CDT June 26 (3:22
am GMT June 27) at an estimated position of 20°N, 111°E,
over the South China Sea: See the red "X" in the