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Futuristic space toilet to be installed on ISS

By T.K. Randall
June 15, 2020 · Comment icon 9 comments

Going to the toilet in space has never been so easy... Image Credit: NASA
Scientists and engineers have been busy developing a next-generation space toilet fit for the final frontier.
No matter how sophisticated and futuristic a spacecraft is, there is no denying one of mankind's most fundamental and basic needs - going to the bathroom.

The toilet facilities on the International Space Station are, for all intents and purposes, perfectly functional, albeit slightly awkward to use given the lack of gravity. Suction helps to prevent things getting too out of control and the waste water is later recycled so that it is safe to drink.

Now though, in preparation for NASA's Artemis program, engineers have developed a futuristic new lavatorial solution - the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS).
This new facility is designed to be an improvement over the current ISS toilet and will help to accommodate a larger number of people aboard the station in the coming years.

A duplicate model will also be used on NASA's Orion capsule when it flies around the Moon.

The UWMS will ultimately bridge the gap between what's currently available and what will be needed to accommodate astronauts living and working on the Moon and Mars in the future.

According to reports, it will be installed aboard the space station sometime in the autumn.

You can check out how the existing ISS facilities work in the video below.

Source: Space.com | Comments (9)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado 3 years ago
I hope they call it the "p-ISS".
Comment icon #2 Posted by OverSword 3 years ago
I wonder what the ISS smells like?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 3 years ago
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Comment icon #4 Posted by OverSword 3 years ago
I think I imagined it being worse.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 3 years ago
The air is constantly filtered and regularly replenished by cargo missions, so I suppose if doesn't get too stale.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
And when you live in it... you probably get accustomed to the smell.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 3 years ago
That's certainly true, but you would notice when you first arrived. I've not read reports of astronauts complaining of the smell. That's not true of the old Gemini and Apollo missions. When the recovery teams opened up the capsules after missions lasting up to two weeks the smell was, apparently, pretty bad.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Wolffheart 3 years ago
was it designed by someone called H. Wolowitz by any chance.. in that case test it before sending it up plz..  (https://bigbangtheory.fandom.com/wiki/Wolowitz_Zero-Gravity_Waste_Disposal_System)
Comment icon #9 Posted by Kleng 3 years ago
Ah yes, the perfect reading material while sitting on my own, unsophisticated Earth toilet.

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