Amateur rocketeers to launch beer into ‘space’ – drink it on return to Earth

on 24/07/14 at 9:32 am

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  • Team Numb from Portland, Oregon will launch a keg of beer this September
  • The group of amateur rocket enthusiasts has done two launches before
  • Their small rocket will launch to a height of 20,000 feet above the ground
  • Admittedly that’s quite a long way from ‘space’, which is 330,000 feet high
  • The cargo the rocket will carry will be two kegs of beer totally 20 gallons
  • After returning from the trip the team will tap the kegs and drink the beer

First came dogs, then monkeys, and finally humans – so what’s the next logical step in mankind’s space exploration endeavours?

Fortunately one group of amateur rocketeers in Portland, Oregon has the answer – they’ve been busy sending kegs of beer on rocket trips to the final front-beer.

And in September they’re planning their most ambitious launch yet as their two-stage rocket will take beer on a short ride towards the cosmos.

The group are known as Team Numb, and have completed two successful launches before.

The first came in 2008, when they sent a 15 gallon keg (68 litres) of beer on their 11-foot (3.4 metres) tall, 350-pound (160 kilograms) rocket to a height of 6,200 feet (1,900 metres).

This was followed by another launch in 2012, which flew to 7,700 feet (2,350 metres).