RapidMade Sales Manager Kris Beem ventured out into the Black Rock Desert this past weekend to witness Mission One of the Ninkasi Space Program. Over a year in the making, the launch was a joint venture of Ninkasi Brewing and CSXT (Civilian Space Exploration Team). RapidMade played a supporting role helping to design and produce the vial container that held the rocket's precious pay load... 16 strains of live yeast that would be used to make "out of this world" beer.
The product design phase was a collaborate effort between the customer and our engineering and operations managers. And, like many of our projects, the container was made by using a hybrid approach of traditional and additive manufacturing. This strategy allows us to leverage the strengths of 3D printing and TM.
Given the end use of this particular project, we were thrilled to be invited to participate in the event. There's a saying "What goes up must come back down," but this time it didn't work out as planned. Ninkasi updated its fans who missed the launch in this Facebook post...
"In the morning heat of Black Rock Desert, sixteen vials of Ninkasi brewer’s yeast were loaded into a rocket that launched flawlessly. The Ninkasi Space Program saw its space yeast dreams propelled into the heavens, yet they didn’t seem to come down.
It soon became evident that the payload of yeast was not at the expected landing site. All available onlookers and rocketeers were drafted in the search for the fallen rocket, scouring the desert for hours.
The search continues for the most adventurous, well-traveled yeast on the planet. We will keep you updated as information comes in."
To see the rocket launch, visit Ninkasi's Facebook page.