Recently, a space toilet designed for women landed on the International Space Station,media reported. The new toilet was loaded into a cargo ship that successfully launched Friday night local time from NASA’s Wallops Flight Center on Wallops Island, Virginia, and arrived Monday. Astronauts will test the toilet in the coming months.
It is understood that the new toilet weighs about 100 pounds (45 kg) and is 28 inches (71 cm) high, about half the size of the two Russian-made toilets already used by the space station. The new toilet is 65 per cent smaller and nearly half lighter than the one currently used by ISS.
The new, smaller toilet will be able to be loaded into NASA’s Orion capsule, which will travel to the moon on future missions. In a new video released Tuesday by NASA, astronaut Chris Cassidy takes the audience on a tour of waste disposal and toilets (WHC) and explains how it feels to go to the bathroom in space. “Want to go, need to go, just like on earth.” All you know is that you have to go. It doesn’t feel any different because the liquid may float in your bladder or anywhere else. No, it’s just the same feeling. “
As previously reported, the new toilet features tilted cushions, a new shape and a redesigned urination funnel.
The microgravity toilet used on ISS uses suction to prevent excreta from spilling when it is used in space, but in order to better adapt to a woman’s body structure, the new system uses a new shape. Toilets are also better suited than ever to collect excreta.
In a report released in June, NASA said the new toilets are smaller in quality, easier to use and improve user comfort and performance, and that urine can be safely handled by spacecraft recovery systems.
The toilet will be housed in a cubicle next to the old toilet on the U.S. side of the space station. The toilet on the U.S. side of the space station was designed in the 1990s.
It is reported that the new universal waste disposal system toilet will remain on the International Space Station until the end of its useful life.