Jun 22, 2017

If a chicken sandwich goes to space, tourists are next

Erica Pandey, author of @Work

A KFC chicken sandwich will soon fly to space, and while it may sound silly, that means we're one step closer to sending tourists to space, too. World View Enterprises, a space tourism company based in Arizona, is testing its unmanned, high-altitude balloon by launching fried chicken 100,000 feet into the air. The company will launch any day now.

What's next: The next step is to carry tourists to the edge of the atmosphere. The chicken sandwich's voyage, which will last four days and be filmed by multiple cameras, will test the balloon's ability to communicate with ground operations and use solar power. If all goes well, World View Enterprises plans to charge passengers $75,000 for a view of the curvature of the Earth. Tickets are already on sale.

Why it matters: The high-altitude balloon offers a relatively inexpensive version of space tourism, which usually costs many millions.

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