HOW AURA FLIGHTS WORK
Our engineering team has spent years creating the perfect memorial service at the forefront of scientific achievement.
We use lighter-than-air gas balloons to carry the ashes over 30km above the planet’s surface, to the region known as Near Space. Here, the air is less than 1% of the density at sea level, the temperature is below -60° and the view is breathtaking. You can see the curvature of the Earth, the faint blue glow of the atmosphere, and the blackness of space above.
In this serene and beautiful environment, our intelligent scatter vessel opens, allowing the ashes to pour out in a gentle cascade. Our dual camera pods film the moment of release from multiple angles. From here, they are carried around the world on stratospheric winds, encircling the globe and joining with the Earth’s atmosphere over the following weeks and months before finally returning to Earth in raindrops and snowflakes.
After the ashes are released, the balloon rises further and expands due to the pressure change, eventually bursting and dropping the equipment back to Earth in a controlled descent. Alongside the scatter vessel, the balloon carries computer equipment to track and monitor the flight and a parachute system which brings the equipment down safely. We recover all our equipment and in the week following the flight, we use the video footage from the flight to make a beautiful memorial video of the scattering to commemorate the departed individual.
While the route taken by the balloon is determined by stratospheric wind conditions on the day, we use cutting-edge computer simulations and weather data collected from over 100 sources across the globe to predict the flight path to within a few hundred metres, allowing us to conduct our launches safely and with confidence.
Our equipment and launch process have been developed and perfected by the Near Space experts at Sent Into Space. They have been conducting flights for the last decade, with over 500 balloons launched and a 100% recovery record.
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