Japanese company offers to fly wedding plaques into space

Vastavam web: 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 yen ( 270), newly-weds marrying at the hotel will be able to emboss their names and design elements on 16-by-eight-millimetre (one-fifth of a square inch) titanium plates that will be loaded onto a tiny satellite.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.”I want them to spread their happiness across the sky.” The company aims to make space more accessible to ordinary people, he said.”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.