Last year, Omar de Frias left NASA after 12 years to focus on his growing cigar company, Fratello.
Now, he is turning back to his time at NASA for Fratello’s latest release, Navetta, Italian for shuttle.
“Blending Fratello Naveta was special as I wanted to translate the ultimate celebration our men and women of the space program felt after a successful mission,” said de Frias in a press release. “After being part of over 21 missions nothing beats the feeling of getting our astronauts home safe to their families. Colleagues of mine would get together and smoke a very special cigar to commemorate the occasion. This very special blend carries the ultimate feeling of innovation, duty, honor and success.”
That blend uses an Ecuadorian oscuro wrapper, a Dominican binder and Nicaraguan fillers.
It’s offered in four sizes, all named NASA space shuttles.
- Fratello Navetta Discovery (5 x 50) — $10.50
- Fratello Navetta Endeavor (6 1/4 x 54) — $11.25
- Fratello Navetta Enterprise (6 x 60) — $12
- Fratello Navetta Atlantis (6 1/4 x 52) — $12.50
Fratello Navetta will debut at the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, which begins July 11 in Las Vegas, Nev.