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Celestis 01, 03, 04, 05 (CPAC)

Celestis 05 [Celestis]

Celestis is the first company to offer space burials. The Celestis payloads are small containers (CPAC, Celestis Payload Attached Container), which are bolted to the last stage (Orion-38) of Pegasus-XL, Taurus-2110 or Taurus-2210 launch vehicles.

The containers contain small aluminum capsule about the size of a lipstick, containing symbolic 7 g of cremated remains. Several flights have been made. Among the first persons, whos ashes were send into space were the late "Star Trek'' creator Gene Roddenberry, 60ies icon Timothy Leary and space colony advocate Gerald O'Neill.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Space burial
Operator: Celestis
Contractors: Celestis
Equipment: ?
Configuration: Cylindrical containers bolted to Orion-38 motor
Propulsion: None
Power: None
Orbit: 551 km × 578 km, 151 (#1); 782 km × 874 km, 108 (#2); 678 km × 719 km, 98.3 (#3)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Celestis 01 (CPAC 01, Founders Flight) 1997-018B 21.04.1997 Ga, L-1011 Pegasus-XL with Minisat 01
Celestis 03 (CPAC 03, Ad Astra Flight) 1998-007D 10.02.1998 Va 576E Taurus-2210 with GFO, Orbcomm FM3, FM4 
Celestis 04 (CPAC 04, Millennial Flight) 1999-070C 21.12.1999 Va 576E Taurus-2110 with KOMPSAT 1, ACRIMSat
Celestis 05 (CPAC 05, Odyssey Flight) & SBD 2001-F01 21.09.2001 Va 576E F Taurus-2110 with OrbView 4, QuikTOMS, SBD

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