DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORLD’S FIRST BEER FOR SPACE
OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES OF BEER IN SPACE
It’s been a labour of love, a fine art – making a beer that can be enjoyed in the heavens as it is on Earth.
So what does the beer taste like? Well…out of this world! But seriously the baseline recipe is a dry Irish style Stout made with a seven-strong malt line-up. We picked a high flavoured beer as the baseline recipe (the original Earth version) to ensure that space travellers could enjoy the full flavour of beer we have become accustomed to on Earth, despite the human physiology challenges.
The aroma profile is of coffee, chocolate and caramel malts. These are matched on the palette with a full bodied, smooth finish and a balancing bitterness.
After having successfully created a tasty, high flavour beer that can be drunk in space, in September 2011, our mission then was to develop the technology that would allow space venturers to drink the beer from the bottle like their fellow land-dwellers (rather than the ‘squeeze’ packet designs that astronauts currently use for water and orange juice etc.). The biggest challenge being that Liquid’s inability to pour in zero gravity means that a special space beer bottle is required.
KEY PROJECT MILESTONES
To understand the physical and chemical responses of beer in zero gravity we dropped the beer off a 23m drop tower (to simulate the effect of zero gravity).
Microgravity test complete and history is made! This hits two milestones. It was humanity’s first look at alcohol absorption effects in zero gravity. It is also the first beer in aviation history to be formally tested on a commercial microgravity flight.
Set the R&D plan for the Space Beer Bottle. With a literature review, concept to full spec design, engineering, test phases; it’s like making a fuel tank for your beer.
GOLD MEDAL and trophy winner at the Australian International Beer Awards. This beer is now officially the #1 Stout amongst a competitive set of beers from all over the world.
Saber Astronautics completed the first phase on the Space Beer Bottle. The design passes simulation analysis to include vibration, fluid flows and surface tension.
Fresh off the press is the 3D printed Space Beer prototype. We took it to the 4 Pines filler machine to test the fittings.
We’ve narrowed down several concept CAD sketches for the Space Beer Bottle Insert.
Saber Astronautics flies two prototypes with a highly successful ZERO-G test flight. One prototype 3D printed, one out of medical grade stainless steel.
Industrial Design of the Space Beer Bottle begins, with the help of our pals at AUXILIARY and a design is selected. This then leads to concept refinement and down-selection to two bottle design options
Scoured the planet for over a year on a journey to find manufacturers that were capable to build the world’s first beer for space.