ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s the ultimate adventure: a trip 80,000 feet up into near space. This trip offered by Mesoloft, however, is also the last adventure.
Mesoloft, which is based out of Kentucky, offers a unique way to scatter ashes. A weather balloon, filled with helium, carries a canister with cremated remains high into the atmosphere. The ashes are then released using a GPS trigger. The family is later given video of the flight taken using two GoPro cameras that go along for the journey. Prices for the service start at $2,800 .
“They really can spread around the globe. It’s kind of an adventure. It’s for people that like to travel i think,” Mesoloft co-founder and director of engineering Alan Beaven told KRQE News 13. “If they like to travel in life, their loved ones might kind of like to send them off that way.”
The first launch, which carried a married couple’s remains, was at the end of September. Mesoloft is scheduled to start flights from the Las Cruces-area at the beginning of November.
Beaven told KRQE News 13 they hope to set up a permanent shop in southern New Mexico, citing New Mexico State University, Spaceport America and a lot of nearby open space.
“New Mexico has got a lot of exciting stuff going on in the space and aviation industry down in that area. We just, we’re really attracted to it,” Beaven said. “We want to develop relationships down there, we know they have a space systems laboratory so there’s probably good talent in the area, and we’d just like to hopefully create a few jobs in the area.”