A company called World View is about to launch fried chicken inside a space capsule.
The chicken will launch from Tucson, Arizona, attached to the end of a high-altitude balloon. Although the fast food brand claims this will be a “space sandwich,” they’ll miss that mark. The edge of space is about 62 miles above the ground, whereas World View’s Stratollite — a new craft designed to fly small payloads into Earth’s stratosphere — will loft the sandwich about 15 miles up.
“Stratollites can carry a wide variety of commercial payloads (sensors, telescopes, communications arrays, etc.), launch rapidly on demand, and safely return payloads back to Earth after mission completion,” World View said in a press release.
Stratollites are an initial step in World View’s larger goal to launch paying customers more than 19 miles above the Earth.
As a passenger inside the company’s pressurized Voyager craft, which will dangle at the end of a balloon, you’d be able to see the curvature of Earth. The roughly five-hour trip would also include cocktails and stunning views of the stars, though it might set you back more than $75,000 — about the price of a new Tesla Model X 70D.
Here’s a peek at what it’ll be like to float at an altitude of 100,000 feet, above 99% of Earth’s atmosphere.
KFC’s spicy Zinger chicken sandwich will be launched inside one of these: World View’s lightweight Stratollite capsule.
The Stratollite is designed to “sail” on high-altitude winds for up to 12 hours, though KFC’s flight will last four days.
Source: The Verge
World View has bigger plans than sandwich launches. They eventually want to launch paying customer inside the Voyager: a Winnebago-sized capsule that would fly six passengers and two crew members.
Source: Popular Science.