Drinking cocktails in space now possible, says Californian company
Drinking cocktails in space using a fancy glass will soon be possible, a Californian company, Cosmic Lifestyle Corp, claims. It is designing a Zero Gravity Cocktail Glass it describes as a “fluid dynamics and lifestyle experience design experiment.”
Co-founder, inventor and Chief Operations Officer of Cosmic Lifestyle Corporation (CLC) Samuel Coniglio, said:
“This is the first of several domestic products for space we plan to develop. We want to make life for current and future space travelers more comfortable. Interest in space travel and living off-world is at an all-time high.”
“Now is the time to reinvent the things that we take for granted here on Earth and make them work off-world.”
In space, the liquid flows along the grooves straight into the drinker’s mouth, says the inventor. (Image: CLC)
A ‘parabolic sherry’ was once developed by NASA, and its astronauts have been known to take an occasional gulp of vodka – but enjoying a cocktail from a standard glass is impossible. In zero gravity, the liquid becomes sticky and clumps together in blobs.
If one of those blobs of liquid breaks, it splits into several smaller ones which scatter all over the place, making it extremely difficult to clean up.
Astronauts currently keep their liquids in bags which are attached to straws. The problem with liquid in bags is that you cannot enjoy the smell.
The company is designing several types of vessels for use in space, including beakers and cocktail glasses. (Image: CLC)
According to CLC:
“The Zero Gravity Cocktail Project is a fluid dynamics and lifestyle experience design experiment. We are creating an open air drinking container that allows you to enjoy the aroma of the drink, yet keep the fluids under control.”
“Your mouth completes the connection like a straw and you can suck the drink into your mouth.”
The company says the attractive-looking glass has grooves which force the liquid to flow towards your mouth, in one direction. “It combines the beauty of a classic martini glass with the physics of space science,” it adds.
The Oakland-based start-up, opted to 3D print the cup so that its sophisticated design could be refined rapidly. Each design takes about 15 hours to print.
The International Space Station (ISS) already has a 3D printer, so the glasses could be printed at will, without any need to transport them all the way from Earth.
Video – Zero Gravity Cocktail Project