A recent survey has revealed that pet owners in Britain spend more on their animals each year than on their partners. No big surprise there! Pets are now treated to an incredible level of luxury and may also be provided with a wedding! Our animals often receive funerals too and now they can even be frozen in the hope of being revived at some point in the future.
The Cost of Cryogenics
Cryogenics is the practice of freezing bodies by preserving them in liquid nitrogen. More and more organisations are offering this service to people who harbour hopes of being revived in the future. Now, a Russian cryogenics firm is providing this service for pets.
But it doesn’t come cheap! Especially as owners really need to preserve themselves as well otherwise they won’t ever be reunited with their furry friends, even if revival becomes possible!
KrioRus, Cryogenics and Space Travel
KrioRus, a Russian cryogenics firm has teamed up with Space Technologies to create a new service in which frozen people and their pets are despatched into space. They will remain up there in secure pods orbiting around the Earth until the possibility of revival presents itself! It is, to say the least, an unusual concept.
The cost of preserving a body for storage in space starts at around £240,000. You could be betting your house on the prospect of coming back to life. People and pets would be despatched into orbit in sarcophagi. The idea does sound rather bizarre but KrioRus is making determined efforts to ensure that it becomes a reality.
People and Pets
The company has already preserved the bodies of 54 people, eight dogs, nine cats, three birds, and a chinchilla! They have made an agreement with Space Technologies, a new science and tech consortium, to provide carriage for their cyro-coffins. The plan is to launch satellites carrying cryo-capsules using Russian rockets.
Space technologies was only established last year. Thus far, no rockets have been launched but the first flights are anticipated to lift-off soon. All that is known so far about the service is that bodies will be orbiting in secure pods. Further details are not available and have been described by KrioRus as classified information. They have stated that leading Russian space companies are developing the satellites but have not elaborated on which companies are involved in the project.
A New Type of Funeral
It all sounds very interesting and certainly offers a new take on funerals. For the time being, most people will have to be satisfied with being buried or cremated. Pets will meet with the same fate. But cryogenics is a developing industry so who knows where the science could lead? If cryogenics becomes affordable it is likely that more and more people will choose to be frozen – just in case!
If you are going to be frozen and launched into space, why not take your furry and feathered friends along for the ride?
What do you think about cryogenics and would you freeze your pet? Let us know!