NASA’s new area rest room for the Worldwide Area Station undergoes testing on the Johnson Area Heart in Houston, Texas.
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NASA is launching a brand new area rest room to the International Space Station subsequent week for astronauts to check out earlier than it’s used on future missions to the moon or Mars.
The $23 million rest room system, often known as the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS), is 65% smaller and 40% lighter than the bathroom at present in use on the area station, and might help bigger crews. The bathroom will launch to the area station aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo capsule on Sept. 29, as a part of a routine resupply mission.
As soon as on the area station, astronauts will take a look at how the brand new rest room performs within the microgravity setting on the station. The system shall be put in adjoining to the present rest room in
, NASA Superior Exploration Programs Logistics Discount venture supervisor Melissa McKinley stated throughout a information convention Thursday (Sept. 24).
Expedition 63 astronauts Chris Cassidy and Ivan Vagner have began getting ready for the area rest room’s supply. The crew will use the orbiting lab’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to seize the Cygnus spacecraft, according to a statement from the area company.
“The bathroom was designed for exploration and it builds on previous spaceflight toilet design,” McKinley stated throughout the press convention. “The large key to the exploration piece of the design is seeking to optimize mass quantity and energy utilization, that are all essential elements of a spacecraft design.”
The area rest room’s superior design features a urine funnel and seat that’s created to be extra accommodating for feminine crew members. It additionally includes a 3D-printed titanium twin fan separator, which was developed by Collins Aerospace and creates a powerful airflow that, in lieu of gravity, helps to tug the astronauts’ urine and waste into the bathroom.
The titanium design additionally improves upon the prevailing pretreat system used to gather and deal with astronauts’ urine earlier than it’s processed and recycled for reclaimed water.
The UWMS measures roughly 28 inches (71 centimeters) tall, which is similar to the compact bathrooms used on campers, McKinley stated throughout the convention. The bathroom additionally has an computerized beginning system, moderately than an on and off change like present toilet models on the area station.
The brand new system shall be used routinely by the crew on the area station and examined over the following three years to ensure every thing works as deliberate. Previous to launch, the system was examined in environments designed to simulate that of the area station, NASA officers have stated.