For those wishing to send a large portion of ashes to high altitudes, the Spitfire or Balck Rocket is the choice. The 3 inch diameter body tube and strong construction allow the complete contents of the urn to be sent aloft.
This is a VERY high flying rocket (over a mile high is possible) with spectacular performance so be sure that the conditions are perfect, the flying field is large and your recovery team is standing by with binoculars! You wouldn't want to lose sight of it if you want to retain it as a keepsake.
The ground support equipment is not included. A sturdy launch pad, 12 V launch controller will be required. Rocket motors are also not included as there are many options.
The rocket flies high because of good aerodynamics, high power motors and simple design. Motors above H impulse can be supplied to reach the highest altitudes but the user must have a high power certification for the relevant insurance coverage to be available. If this vehicle is your choice, we highly recommend you request our full service launch team to assist you.
This is a DIY package that requires assembly and painting. Tools, construction and finishing supplies, motors and ground equipment are sold separately. High power model rocketry is recommended for ages 18 and up. Instructions are included along with tips to prepare the rocket for its ash scattering mission. Performance may vary according to the build quality and launch conditions. Launches must be conducted in accordance with the Safety Code (a copy is included) and in areas where safe launch and recovery are assured.
£10m third party liability insurance is available through the Model Rocket Shop's Blast Off Club. Launches must be conducted in accordance with the Safety Code (a copy is included) and in areas where safe launch and recovery are assured.
Weight: 41 oz.
Airframe: Quantum acrylic
Motor Mount: 38mm
Recovery: 36 inch parachute
Recommended motors: Pro38 G, H, I, J
The service is currently available in London and Home counties - but please call us we'll be able to find an rocketry expert local to you to offer this service for you, but using our specially designed product.
Funeral Rocket Services - The sky's the limit
Whether your loved one was a Star Trek fan, science fiction buff or just always wanted a ride in a rocket, we can help.
With modern technology, launching ashes by rocket is within the reach of everyone's budget. Ashes are dispersed over a wide area with the prevailing winds from a great height. The payload, carefully wrapped in a silk carrier can be just a few grams or the entire contents of the urn. Dispersal a mile high or higher is no problem, depending on launch site. Launches can be held in the day or at night.
Gene Roddenberry, creater of Star Trek, was one of the first people to have their ashes carried into space. A portion James Doohan's ashes, who played Scotty in many Star Trek episodes, have also left Earth.
NASA's launched samples of ashes to the moon and even on a mission past the planet Pluto. Clyde Tombaugh ashes, the astronomer discoverer of Pluto, were on that spacecraft. He will be the first person to escape the solar system and travel among the stars. Several of the early US astronauts have had space burials.
Scattering ashes by model rocket within the earth's atmosphere is more personal and local, not to mention less dear than a trip to orbit or beyond. It is legal to disperse ashes anywhere in the United Kingdom but rocket launches are restricted in some areas such as near airports or cities.
Depending on the mission desired, all or a portion of the cremains can be lofted as a payload to the height desired and over the location requested whenever possible. A memorial ceremony can be held before launch and the launch button can be pressed by an appropriate person.A keepsake video of the launch can be made. The carrier vehicle can be recovered as a memento or destroyed.
Depending on particulars, dispersing a small sample of ashes can cost as little as several hundred pounds using a Loadstar II rocket at a venue in the South East. Larger payloads carried by our Spitfire rocket, higher altitudes, other locations and special requests add to the expense.
As a guide to the services available, a small quantity of ashes can be lofted for £300 at an agreed place and time from a site within the M25. For ejection a half mile in the air, the service is available from £400 while a mile high flight will cost from £500. If you want your memorial flight to rival Concorde for speed, the service starts at £900.
Model rocketry as been a pastime for many hobbyists and professional organisations in the UK since the mid 1980s. Smaller rockets are powered by black powder motors while larger models use the same fuel as the Space Shuttle's solid rocket boosters. Model rockets are distinguished from fireworks as the model returns to earth gently for recovery. They travel at hundreds of miles per hour and can even break the speed of sound.
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