How astronauts will celebrate with champagne in space
Champagne has always been the go-to drink for celebrations and space exploration is always a good reason to celebrate. The problem is, space and champagne do not exactly mix. But that would change soon.
After three years of research and hard work Spade, a space design firm is geared to launch, Grand Cordon Stellar, the very first the first champagne designed to be drunk in space. The new sparkling wine and its high-tech bottle and glasses are specially engineered for celebrating in zero gravity.
“Instead of seeing zero gravity as a problem to be solved, we look at it as a design possibility. The big design challenge for Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar was actually getting the liquid out of the bottle.” said Spade founder Octave de Gaulle in an article from the New Atlas.
The Grand Cordon Stellar’s secret is in its high tech bottle. It has a special apparatus which uses carbon dioxide to make the champagne froth until it comes out of the bottle. When the froth is released, it will float around like a ball of bubbles which will be caught by the drinker using a special glass with a concave cup about 5 cm (2 in) in diameter. There, the surface tension holds it in place until the drinker has a chance to taste it.