Why did the chicken crossed the road? To transform as a chicken sandwich and go to space!
Reaching space is a daunting task. You have to have the right requirements, train to thrive in different gravities, and have the right connections and money. Fortunately, there's an affordable option
World View Enterprises, an Arizona-based company, wants to send humans to the "ceiling" of the atmosphere. (Technically it's not outer space, but you can see the outer space and the curvature of the Earth. Guess still not a bad option?) Reaching there would use a flight capsule connected to the ParaWing and a high-altitude balloon that could reach 100,000 feet of 30 and a half kilometers in the air. The capsule would contain a bathroom, a bar, and even WiFi. But the project still has a long way to go before it'd be made available to the public.
The company is still testing its technologies, and in their recent flight upward, they would need a companion. Enter a KFC Spicy Zinger chicken sandwich! (Welp.)
Using the company's balloon (Stratollite), the chicken sandwich is expected to float in the stratosphere for four days (the longest yet) before plummeting to the Earth at a rate of 600 meters per minute. In previous tests, the balloon has only stayed in the air between 6 to 12 hours. But with this, World View will be able to test the Stratollite's altitude control system, communications systems, and solar power technology for a much longer period.
The Stratollite is designed to stay in the upper atmosphere for a few months to a year at a time, scanning the Earth's surface and providing communication services below. It's also designed to remain in the same spot over Earth, "surfing" the winds. “Think of it as sailing the stratosphere,” Jane Poynter, CEO of World View told The Verge
. “We’re sailing with the winds and take advantage of the fact that these winds are moving in all these different directions.”
So, if you ever feel bad, remember that humanity has gotten to a point that a chicken sandwich made by a fast food company has gotten to space. You'll never look at the Zinger the same way again.