- Space Arks
- First launch
The startup, founded in 2021 by Waypoint 2 Space CEO Kevin Heath, plans to send crystals grown in microgravity and infused with customer DNA to the moon in 2023. Space Crystals charges $150,000 to grow two crystals infused with a person's DNA in microgravity. One crystal is then returned to the customer and the other is sent to the moon in a Lunar Time Capsule. Customers also receive a commemorative plaque showing the lunar coordinates of their Space Crystals.
Space Crystals unveiled its website Oct. 24 where customers can sign up for the $150,000 service by paying a $5,000 deposit. The $150,000 fee covers one DNA kit, DNA processing into a crystalline solution, flight to ISS to grow two crystals, return of one crystal to the customer for safekeeping and transportation of the matching crystal to the moon. (Space Crystals extracts DNA from a strand of a customer’s hair.)
Space Crystals sent 36 samples to the International Space Station earlier this year to figure out the how to grow DNA-infused crystals in orbit. Part of the challenge was insuring the crystals didn’t form on the ground prior to launch. Heath can’t yet name Space Crystals’ contractors, launch providers or implementation partners due to nondisclosure agreements.
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