People have been making spirits for hundreds of years. Contemporary
industrialized spirits production involves the use of rectifying
columns, distillers and filters to produce base spirits from a mix of
natural nutrients, being sugar and yeast. The distillate is then cleaned
with activated carbon to remove unwanted flavours and impurities, to
produce a smooth tasting spirit. The resulting spirit is then sold over
to countless producers for ageing, flavoring, adding mixing components
etc. to produce rum, vodkas, gin, liqueurs etc. Part of produced spirits
serve the demands of healthcare institutions.
The spirits production sector of economy is known to show rise year
after year, sucking millions of tons of grain from agricultural
industry. This has been a pretty serious problem rightly bound to food
prices and lack of edible products in some countries, which is
responsible for starvation and famine occurrences.
A comet called C2014 Q2, or comet Lovejoy, is hurrying to rescue. The
comet has been found to eject large volumes of ethyl alcohol, or in
other words base spirits found in alcoholic beverages. While sober
scientists are busy assessing the origins of life, their drinking
counterparts were immediately obsessed with the idea of catching the
ejected spirits. Reason? Lovejoy is said to be emitting the equivalent
of something like 500 bottles of wine each second. That’s 86400 bottles
of wine each day. Enough to get impressed, but pristine business
opportunity is lying on the surface. What if one could develop a method
of catching the spirits otherwise spawn out in space for nothing?
When there’s an idea, there should be someone keen to start putting it
into practice. First, since Lovejoy is relatively small (much smaller
than Moon), it can be tamed up to fly round the Earth instead of
bouncing back and forth throughout the Milky Way, losing vast amounts of
liquor to vacuum space. Second, launching spirits-catching spacecrafts
in series. More...