Space Burial or Memorial Spaceflight is one of those areas of Space which currently works economically. There have been Space burial flights (sending a portion of cremated remains into Space) for over 10 years now but it has had limitations. All Memorial Spaceflights have to ‘piggyback’ other payloads which has lots of issues of its own.
As you may have worked out from my previous posts, I believe the commercialization is one of the most important things we can do as a species. Economics drives almost all activities on Earth, so if we can’t justify economic reasons to boldly go, we will never go.
This is were my survey comes in. If it can be proved that there is demand for services such as Space burial and/or other Space applications or ‘Apps’ then the future doesn’t seem so bleak. If the service is provided and people vote with there feet we can get away from the constant cycle of looking for public funds to pay for all the adventures.
Innovation will lower cost in time, but there needs to be a market ready to supply launch providers with payloads otherwise we get back to the chicken and egg scenario. So if you could fill in our survey, it only takes 1 minute, it would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to share it as well, the bigger the sample size the more accurate it will be!