Mumm Champagne luxury space bottle is made for rich tourists in orbit

A bottle of champagne has been designed to allow wealthy tourists who travel to the space to drink effervescence in zero gravity

A bottle of champagne has been designed to allow wealthy tourists traveling into space to drink sputters in zero gravity.

Future space tourists will be able to toast the view of Earth from orbit with a high-tech bottle of Mumm Champagne, says the company.

The bottle of the space age is the result of a new collaboration between the house of Mumm Champagne and the designer Octave de Gaulle.

The champagne, promoted by Usain Bolt, will be launched this month under the name of Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar.

A bottle of champagne has been designed to allow wealthy tourists who travel to the space to drink effervescence in zero gravity

A bottle of champagne has been designed to allow wealthy tourists who travel to the space to drink effervescence in zero gravity

HOW CAN PEOPLE DRINK CHAMPAGNE IN ZERO GRAVITY?

A bottle of champagne has been designed to allow wealthy tourists traveling into space to drink sputters in zero gravity.

The bottle of the space age is the result of a collaboration between the house of Mumm Champagne and the designer Octave de Gaulle.

The Champagne is on the top of the bottle.

Underneath is a finger-controlled valve that uses Champagne's carbon dioxide to expel small amounts of wine, which forms as foam.

The designers had to prevent the wine from flowing through the cabin.

To do this, Mr. de Gaulle created an aluminum strip that forms a ring on the top of the bottle to capture a sphere of bubbles.

The futuristic bottle uses natural gas in Champagne to "eject the liquid in a ring-shaped frame".

The bottle has a mechanism inside that means that the champagne comes out in drops of bubbles.

Drinkers can take the wine out of the air with a small long-stemmed glass that resembles an egg cup.

Champagne will be tasted during an upcoming flight from Reims, in the heart of the French country of Champagne, today.

A specially equipped Airbus A300 Zero-G aircraft (sometimes dubbed the "Comet Vomit") will perform a series of parabolic maneuvers, climbing steeply before diving down to create 20-second bursts of weightlessness.

Despite undergoing the same zero-gravity training that NASA requires for its astronauts, the target audience of the champagne is not the scientists, since they are not allowed to drink alcohol on board the International Space Station.

Instead, the bottle is aimed at the next wave of suborbital and orbital space tourism promoted by private operators such as Virgin Galactic and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos Blue Origin.

"They will not have to do any professional work on board, so they can probably drink a little alcohol," said astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, who runs the company that operates the Airbus Zero-G.

In zero gravity, the challenge is to get the wine out of the bottle.

"One could imagine drinking it with a straw," said physicist Gerard Liger-Belair of the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, who consulted on the project.

In search of a more elegant solution, Mumm's team turned to De Gaulle, nephew of the French leader in times of war Charles de Gaulle, who created a bottle divided into two chambers.

The Champagne is on the top of the bottle.

Underneath is a finger-controlled valve that uses Champagne's carbon dioxide to expel small amounts of wine, which forms as foam.

Champagne is being tested during a flight from Reims, in the heart of the country of Champagne, France.

Champagne is being tested during a flight from Reims, in the heart of the country of Champagne, France.

The bottle of the space age is the result of a collaboration between the house of Mumm Champagne and the designer Octave de Gaulle (pictured).

The bottle of the space age is the result of a collaboration between the house of Mumm Champagne and the designer Octave de Gaulle (pictured).

The bottle of the space age is the result of a collaboration between the house of Mumm Champagne and the designer Octave de Gaulle (pictured). Champagne is on top of the bottle

However, designers had to find a way to prevent alcoholic foam from flowing through the cabin as soon as it was poured into space.

"Carbon dioxide bubbles in carbonated beverages are not buoyant in a weightless environment, so they are distributed randomly throughout the fluid, even after swallowing," says NASA.

"This means that carbonated drinks, including soft drinks and beer, can become a sparkling disaster during space travel."

To do this, Mr. de Gaulle created an aluminum strip that forms a ring on the top of the bottle to capture a sphere of bubbles.

The designers had to find a way to prevent alcoholic foam from flowing through the cabin as soon as it was poured into space.

The designers had to find a way to prevent alcoholic foam from flowing through the cabin as soon as it was poured into space.

The designers had to find a way to prevent alcoholic foam from flowing through the cabin as soon as it was poured into space.

The futuristic bottle uses natural gas in Champagne to "eject the liquid in a ring-shaped frame". In zero gravity, the droplets are concentrated in droplets of bubbles

The futuristic bottle uses natural gas in Champagne to "eject the liquid in a ring-shaped frame". In zero gravity, the droplets are concentrated in droplets of bubbles

The futuristic bottle uses natural gas in Champagne to "eject the liquid in a ring-shaped frame". In zero gravity, the droplets are concentrated in droplets of bubbles

The futuristic bottle uses natural gas in Champagne to "eject the liquid in a ring-shaped frame".

"Then the bottle is broken and the foam sphere is released," he said in his Paris workshop.

The bottle has a mechanism inside that means that the champagne comes out in drops of bubbles.

Drinkers can take the wine out of the air with a small long-stemmed glass that resembles an egg cup.

Clervoy said that the moment the foam becomes liquid in the mouth is a sensation that can not be matched on Earth.

The bottle is aimed at the next wave of suborbital and orbital space tourism promoted by private operators such as Virgin Galactic by Richard Branson (pictured)

The bottle is aimed at the next wave of suborbital and orbital space tourism promoted by private operators such as Virgin Galactic by Richard Branson (pictured)

The bottle is aimed at the next wave of suborbital and orbital space tourism promoted by private operators such as Virgin Galactic by Richard Branson (pictured)

"It's really magical because the Champagne lands not only on your tongue but on the palate, the cheeks, the gastronomic sensations are magnified," said Professor Clervoy.

Mumm now seeks to partner with a public space agency or one of the private space tourism companies to promote their product.

De Gaulle says he plans to refine his prototype, and it may be that someday astronauts can call in a new year while on a mission.

"There has always been some alcohol in space, even if it is officially prohibited," he said.

THE BILLIONAIRE SPACE RACE: THE DETAILS

Jeff Bezos in front of the Blue Origin space capsule

Jeff Bezos in front of the Blue Origin space capsule

Jeff Bezos in front of the Blue Origin space capsule

Jeff Bezos' space tourism project with Blue Origin is competing with a similar program under development by Space X, the rocket firm founded and led by Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic, backed by Richard Branson.

Bezos revealed in April 2017 that he funds Blue Origin with around $ 1 billion (£ 720 million) of Amazon shares each year.

The system consists of a crew capsule pressurized on a reusable "New Shepard" booster rocket.

The richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos is chasing Blue Origin with vigor as he tries to launch his rocket – New Glenn & # 39; in low Earth orbit by 2020.

While Bezos has not yet left the atmosphere of Earth, despite several successful launches, Elon Musk's SpaceX program has already sent the Falcon Heavy rocket into space.

On February 6, 2018, SpaceX sent the rocket into the orbit of Mars, 140 million miles away.

On board was a red Tesla roadster that belonged to Musk himself.

Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

SpaceX has won several multi-million dollar contracts from NASA as the space agency hopes to use the rockets as a fast track for its colonization of the red planet.

Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic recently conducted a test flight of Virgin Galactic's Unity space plane.

The flight accelerated to more than 1,400 miles per hour (Mach 1.87).

Calling the space "tantalizingly close", Branson also said last year that suborbital space on test flights could be happening this spring.

To date, more than 700 prosperous clients, including celebrities Brad Pitt and Katy Perry, have reserved a seat of $ 250,000 (£ 200,000) on one of Virgin's space trips,

The billionaire tycoon also said he expects Elon Musk to win the race to Mars with his space rocket SpaceX.

Richard Branson with the craftsmanship of Virgin Galactic

Richard Branson with the craftsmanship of Virgin Galactic

Richard Branson with the craftsmanship of Virgin Galactic

SpaceShipTwo will carry six passengers and two pilots. Each passenger gets the same seating position with two large windows, one on one side and one on top.

The spacecraft is 60 feet long with a 90-inch diameter cockpit that allows maximum space for astronauts to float in zero gravity.

A climb to 50,000 feet before the rocket motor ignites. Passengers become & # 39; astronauts & # 39; when they reach the Karman line, the limit of the Earth's atmosphere, at which point SpaceShipTwo is separated from its transport aircraft, White Knight II.

The spacecraft will make a suborbital trip with approximately six minutes of weightlessness, and the entire flight will last approximately 3.5 hours.

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