Because it's hard to look suave while you sip out of a vacuum pouch, Scottish distiller Ballantine's has developed a one-of-a-kind glass specifically for drinking whiskey - in zero gravity. The brand commissioned an Open Space Agency team to develop the aptly named Space Glass, which keeps your tipple contained thanks to some mind-blowing physics.
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Made from a spiral of 3D-printed rose gold and 3D-printed plastic, the design plays with surface tension to keep the whiskey in the bottom of the glass in microgravity. To mimic the feeling of holding a solid crystal glass, a 10-kilogram pull magnet gives it weight and anchors it to the table (or rocket ship bar, say). "We are using inertia and the notion that the whiskey will stay at rest while the bottle and the glass is moved around the resting liquid," says Parr. We'll just take his word for it.
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Ballantine's hasn't stopped there - they've also developed a limited edition Special Batch Ballantine's Space Whiskey with a stronger flavour to compensate for the dulled taste sensations people experience in space.
With space travel supposedly set to become a viable holiday option in the not-too-distant future, the Ballantine's project is timely - where's the fun in taking time off if you can't even raise a glass while you're gone? Things we would also like to see in space before we book a trip: champagne, gelato and soft cheese. And red wine. We'll get Parr and his team onto it.