NASA is preparing to send its new space toilet for astronauts aboard the International Space Station to test.
NASA is preparing to send its new space toilet for astronauts aboard the International Space Station to test. The new toilet system is planned to be used on future lunar or Mars missions.
The toilet system, known as the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS), which costs $ 23 million, is 65 percent smaller, 40 percent lighter and will be able to serve more crews than the toilet system currently in use on the space station. The toilet will be launched today during a routine resupply mission aboard the Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo capsule to the space station.
Following uwms ‘ installation on the space station, they will test how astronauts will perform in low-gravity environments.
NASA officials said the new system will be installed next to the old system, which is currently being used in the Node 3 section.
Melissas McKinley, director of the NASA advanced reconnaissance systems logistics Mitigation Project, said the toilet was designed for reconnaissance purposes.
McKinley said that with the new system, the most important points of space shuttle design, volume and energy use will be investigated at the most appropriate level.
Officials said the space toilet’s design included a urine hose and seating that would be easier for female crew members to use. The system also included a titanium double-vented separator made with a three-dimensional printer that allows waste to be drawn to the toilet in a gravity-free environment.