Space wedding: Japan start-up celebrates your marriage by firing a commemorative plaque into orbit
Do you love your partner to the moon and back? Soon newlyweds marrying in a hotel in Japan will be able to send a customised wedding plaque into space to commemorate their love
The sky is no longer the limit for lovers looking for unusual ways to commemorate their nuptials, with a Japanese company now offering to blast commemorative wedding plaques into space.
Warpspace, a start-up based in Tsukuba outside Tokyo, is introducing the new service in partnership with a hotel popular for wedding banquets.
For about 30,000 yen (US$270), newlyweds marrying at the hotel will be able to have their names etched into a personalised, 16mm by 8mm titanium plate that will be loaded onto a tiny satellite.
The satellite will be taken up to the International Space Station on a supply ship, and then released by astronauts.
Customers will receive photos of the craft carrying their plaques as it swirls among the stars.
“Space trips are not common yet but couples can send up plaques that carry their affections,” Warpspace chief executive Toshihiro Kameda says.
“I want them to spread their happiness across the sky.”
The company aims to make space more accessible to ordinary people, he says.
“We want to make space enjoyable and usable.”
The satellite launch is not expected until next year, but the company will soon start taking orders from couples tying the knot.
And while love may last forever, the commemorative plaques won’t.
The satellite is expected to stay in space for one to two years, and will eventually burn up in the earth’s atmosphere when it comes down.