things that are harder to do than necessary (space coffee)

Well, it is the 21stC, you know.
No idea if this is a real thing,
but it’s fun to think about.

Nnnn, it’s not zero-G roasting.
Although the capsule may experience zero-G between engine firings, the vid shows that the heat which does the roasting comes from the aerodynamic friction/compression of re-entry. That re-entry drag force decelerates the capsule down to drogue-chute speed, so it’s definitely a felt G-force.

Heat is heat. Perhaps it would be simpler and cheaper to mount a roasting pot in the launch pad’s flame bucket (the big concrete pit/chute that diverts the first-stage exhaust at lift-off). The beans would get a pretty good shaking, too.

It’s Sunday, so here’s a more-traditional rocket-nerd vid, if you need a fix until the next launch vid.


  1. mech
    Posted February 3, 2019 at 3:22 pm |

    Yes, it looks like a real commercial, CGI and all.

  2. jlw
    Posted February 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm |

    at $500 per cup, i think i’ll pass. you go ahead and then tell me what you think.

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted February 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm |

    Doug said “…mount a roasting pot in the launch pad’s flame bucket.”

    A late friend of mine worked at Cape Canaveral during the Gemini/Apollo era. One of his tasks was to walk down the launch tower immediately before the launch, top to bottom, looking for any loose objects or anything that didn’t look right.
    He was always the last one off the pad before launch. On one of the Apollo launches, he got all the way down to the flame bucket, and found two guys napping there in the shade on the cool concrete. He said the flame from the Saturn engines gouged out Volkswagen Beetle size grooves and holes in the concrete.
    If it weren’t for Phil, that coulda been that year’s Darwin Award.

  4. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted February 3, 2019 at 6:17 pm |

    ^ Jeebus!
    ‘Em fellers have any ideer how much paperwork other folks’ll hafta do if they get all vaporized or sumpthin’? Actually, I don’t know, either; but I’ll betcha it’s a whole lot !

    Reckon that’s why we had a surrender-your-pad-access-badge-to-the-guard policy.

  5. Dave
    Posted February 3, 2019 at 8:05 pm |

    When the fit that thing into a Keurig pod I’m buying

  6. Nomen Nescio
    Posted February 4, 2019 at 5:27 pm |

    In space no one can hear you ask for cream.

  7. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted February 4, 2019 at 5:59 pm |

    ^ Bean me up, Scottie

    (What? Hey, he started it)

  8. Michael D Zorn
    Posted February 5, 2019 at 11:43 am |

    Sheesh – coffee is coffee. It comes in a paper cup with a plastic lid you drink it through a hole in.

    There’s another coffee that comes from beans they pick up after the beans have gone through a cat, but even that’s just coffee that comes in a paper cup with…..

  9. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted February 5, 2019 at 11:52 am |

    ^ Yeah, but these will have part #s, lot #s, spec #s, contract #s, serial #s, and QA inspection marks on ‘em.
    That’s how you do space stuff.

    (What? Yeah, the manuals are prob’ly pretty short.)