THE WORLD’S first space booze company has unveiled a beer bottle concept built specifically for intergalactic travel.
The prototype uses the same tech as rocket fuel tanks to defy the challenges of drinking in zero gravity.
The “Vostok” space beer bottle is now in the final stages of testing, with plans to have it ready for commercial space flights next year.
But its creators need to raise $1million (£700,000) to achieve their goal – and they’re asking for the public’s help.
“Without gravity any liquid is difficult to drink in space without resorting to using a straw or squeezy tube,” said Dr Jason Held, CEO of Saber Astronautics.
“The challenge has been to develop a bottle that would enable the space traveller to drink beer at zero gravity just like they would on Earth.
The company has also created a space stout to go with their new bottles[/caption]
The bottle contains a purpose-built insert that can wick the beer from the bottom to the neck[/caption]
“To achieve this, the bottle incorporates a special insert that uses surface tension to wick the beer from the bottom of the bottle to the mouthpiece so you can drink normally.
“Flight tests with ZERO-G Corporation proved the concept works great so now it’s time to make a bottle that fits the hand.”
Vostok is the brainchild of Aussie brewer Jaron Mitchell (founder of the 4 Pines Brewing Company) and space engineering firm Saber Aeronautics.
The two recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise the cash they need to manufacture their space beer bottle for the masses.
Their ultimate goal is to be the go-to booze supplier in the impending era of space tourism.
To coincide with the bottle’s launch, 4 Pines has mustered up a space stout to go with it.
Food and drink tastes different at high altitudes as the senses are dulled, and the new booze was designed to pack a flavour punch with this in mind.
“We had to re-imagine the beer from scratch,” Mitchell said.
Vostok isn’t the only booze company that wants to get astronauts and space tourists hopped up.
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Budweiser, which aims to be the first beer on Mars, recently blasted barley to the International Space Station aboard SapceX’s supply rocket to examine how the grain reacts to microgravity exposure and germination.
And back in 2011, Scottish distiller Ardbeg sent some actual booze to the ISS – later discovering that the stay altered the ratio of its whisky’s chemicals.
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