Why you should care
Because the moon is probably your next vacation spot, and now you’ll be able to sip your martini while pretending to be Buzz Aldrin.
Houston, we have liftoff … and a stiff cocktail.
We’re closer than we think to the days of commercial space travel — and not just if you’re Lance Bass. But one big problem? You can’t drink so easily up there — try to pour one out and your cosmo might float about the cabin, threatening to spill all over your shiny new spacesuit.
The Cosmic Lifestyle Corporation thinks it may have you covered.
This eclectic crew of Los Angeles and Bay Area designers, Hollywood prop-makers, bartenders and serial entrepreneurs is looking at ways to “spacify” a host of common items you might find in the kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms of a suborbital spacecraft. “We’re not going to build the rockets and spaceships,” says COO Samuel Coniglio. “But we will build what goes inside them.”
We may be witnessing the dawn of a second golden age in space travel.
Their first public offering is the Zero Gravity Cocktail Glass. Picture a 3-D-printed plastic cup resembling a martini glass but lined with an intricate array of grooves and ridges along its inside surface. The grooves will be key to keeping your beverage in the glass and not floating away as you knock one back, whether you’re up, down or sideways.
At least, in theory. Coniglio admits that until they test the glass in a zero-gravity environment, they can’t know for sure.
The first test will go down aboard the G-FORCE ONE, aka the “Vomit Comet,” a specially modified Boeing 727 passenger jet that creates 20 to 30 seconds of weightlessness via steep arcs and dives in flight. Coniglio also say he’s hoping to one day manufacture the glass in space using 3-D printing technology.
A cocktail you can drink in space might not be the largest step man may take amongst the stars. But we may be witnessing the dawn of a second golden age in space travel. Titans of terrestrial industry from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, to Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are pushing the limits of suborbital flights and lowering the costs of heavy lift rockets that will one day shuttle satellites and supplies to the International Space Station and beyond. Virgin Galactic and XCOR are planning to send tourists on suborbital flights within the next two years from New Mexico and the Mojave Desert. Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first private spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station.
Admittedly, with tickets costing anywhere from $250,000 per flight on Virgin Galactic to $100,000 with XCOR, this initial phase of suborbital space travel may fly out of reach of the vast majority of potential travelers. While lower-cost options may be on the distant horizon, Cosmic Lifestyle Corporation is hoping to get in early and make the final frontier as “lux” as possible.
Thomas Gorman is a documentary filmmaker and producer based in Oakland, California.