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KFC Zinger Heads Into Space


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For all the Jetsons episodes that glamorized life in the space age, they never mentioned where George, Jane and company would get access to delicious fried chicken. Here on planet Earth, that problem has allegedly been solved as KFC and space flight experts World View announced they are partnering to launch the Zinger chicken sandwich to the edge of space—really.

Pushing the boundaries of space exploration and fried chicken technology, the mission will be the longest controlled stratospheric balloon flight with a commercial payload in history and the first-ever multi-day mission of the World View Stratollite flight system.

Unlike typical high-altitude balloons, Stratollites can execute a variety of flight profiles—from circumnavigating the Earth to persistence over a specific location—and maintain position over specific areas of interest for days, weeks, and eventually months on end. The Zinger Stratollite launch window opens on June 21.

“We’re excited to be the ones pushing spicy, crispy chicken sandwich space travel forward,” said Kevin Hochman, KFC U.S. president. “But in all seriousness, we’re proud to support World View’s commitment to advancing space research and trust them to take our world famous Zinger sandwich to space.”

When asked for comment, current International Space Station crewmember Jack D. Fischer said, “Finally, I was seriously getting ready to hop the next flight back home to Colorado for some chicken—I can’t take it anymore.”

Not really, but I hear space is infinitely lonely at times, especially when it comes to fried chicken. 

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