The chicken sandwich has landed… albeit earlier than expected though.
In space, no one can hear you snack. pic.twitter.com/bhPRiBarwl
— KFC (@kfc) July 1, 2017
A private company in the States, World View Enterprises, carried a very special passenger, a KFC chicken sandwich, in a stratospheric balloon to the edge of space last week.
It is now safe to say the sandwich touched down on June 30, about 17 hours after taking off.
KFC signed on to the mission to promote their Zinger chicken sandwich, which you can see down here:
If you missed the live Zinger launch, you can watch the highlights here. And stay tuned for the Zinger’s first transmission from space! pic.twitter.com/XV7fRd8ATX
— KFC (@kfc) June 30, 2017
While the flight was meant to last for four days, World View had to cut the journey short when its Stratollite had a small leak in its altitude control balloon system.
Now, even though the mission sounds quite ridiculous, World View Enterprises are taking it seriously as the flight marks the company’s first test of the Stratollite system.
The mission was in part to test the vehicle’s altitude control and steering capabilities and apparently all of the test objectives were met.
Space.com reports, World View CEO Jane Poynter said in a statement that they are extremely pleased with the results of the mission. “Many of these systems were flown for the very first time and tested together simultaneously. Pending an analysis of large amounts of flight data and key learnings from this mission, World View plans to launch additional Stratollite test missions with increasing flight duration in the near future.”
Eventually, they have high hopes that this space system can be used to take images of the Earth, and provide internet service and other applications to people around the globe due to its ability to travel long distances and hover over the same spot on Earth for extended periods of time.
You can find out more about the Stratollite over here: