Pioneer Pro Audio sends a speaker into space in a bid to banish the phrase "You're on mute"
Watch as the XY-2 ascends to the heavens then plummets to earth at 250mph
Following in the rocket trails of Yuri Gagarin, John Glenn and, um, Jeff Bezos, Pioneer Pro Audio has blasted into space. Which is to say that it's sent one of its loudspeakers - the XY-2 - into space.
After discovering that the most loathed phrase among people who've been working at home since the start of the pandemic is "You're on mute", the company decided to banish it to the stratosphere.
The company made recordings of the phrase in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, then played them on repeat through the speaker as it rose to the heavens in a gas balloon, launching from a CAA-approved launch site in Sheffield, UK. It reached an altitude of over 30,000 meters, surviving temperatures of minus 65 degrees Celsius along the way.
As the XY-2 rose and air pressure decreased, it's reported that the sound from the loudspeaker became progressively quieter, until "You're on mute…" was muted altogether.