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Sky's no limit: Japan firm to fly wedding plaques into space

July 24, 2018 6:55 AM
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TOKYO: 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 City outside Tokyo, is introducing the new service in partnership with a local hotel popular for wedding banquets.

For about ¥30,000 (RM1,095), newlyweds marrying at the hotel will be able to emboss their names and design elements on 16-by-8-mm titanium plates 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, Warpspace chief executive Toshihiro Kameda told AFP.

"Space trips are not common yet but couples can send up plaques that carry their affections," Kameda said.

The company aims to make space more accessible to ordinary people, he said.

The satellite launch is not expected until next year, but the company will soon start taking orders from couples tying the knot.


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