NASA has finally created a zero-gravity toilet system for astronauts. However, the model will go to space and the astronauts use it to know its capability. If the plan and the demo model works, then they will finalise to use in the upcoming mission to the moon.
Why Would NASA Spend $23 Million Just To Create A Toilet In Spaceship?
The toilet cost almost $23 million, which sucks the human waste from a tube. However, it will be sent to the space station as a cargo ship. The developers said that they created the toilet because they are more concerned with female astronaut’s comfortness. The previous models didn’t go so well with its functioning.
Why The Launch Of Toilet Spacecraft Got Cancelled?
The rocket which carried the toilet was supposed to take off on Thursday from Wallops Island, Virginia. But due to some technical issues, the launch of the rocket was aborted. NASA took the decision three minutes before the actual launch.
The engineers are still trying their best to fix the issue which delayed the launch on Thursday. If they are successful in solving the technical issues, then the NASA will soon launch the same rocket on coming Friday.
The Functions Of Newly Created Toilet For Astronauts
The space ship will have a (UWMS) Universal Waste Management System, and the toilet is made of titanium body. NASA claimed that this system would help those astronauts who will go for deep space missions.
The toilet will work like a sucker system which will carry away all the waste from the body with zero-gravity. However, they have also created the toilet in such a way that it can be used privately inside the cubicle, which is almost similar to toilets which people use in their daily lives.
NASA said that the toilet is a big improvement that ISS in the US can have. The toilet almost weighs 45 KG and its 71 cm tall. If compared with the previous model, the new toilet is a bit smaller and also 40% lighter. The developers and the designers have created the toilet which maintains good comfort for female astronauts.
Mellisa Mckinley said during an interview that they had created a big project with this toilet. She also said that they created this system, especially for female astronauts.
The Science Behind Creating A NASA based Spacecraft Toilet
She said that NASA did their best with the crew members and spent a lot of time evaluating to improve the use of it. They checked the commode seat size, and they also created urine funnel to make it been more accommodating. They said that the female users were uncomfortable with the previous model. Therefore this system would definitely bring some changes.
The toilet will have handlebars attached with their toilet so that astronauts won’t float with afoot restraints. NASA said that the new model might look small and new to experience but its really helpful in microgravity.
The toilet has the capacity to recycle urine into fresh drinking water for astronauts. With this Ms Meir recently said that today’s coffee could be turned into tomorrow’s coffee.