The space agency is seeking ideas for a device that is smaller, more efficient, and capable of operating in both microgravity and lunar gravity.
La NASA He has launched a contest to choose the bathroom design for his next lunar mission, scheduled for 2024 under his Artemis program.
The american space agency public the contest rules on HeroX, a platform where organizations can use crowdsourcing (open distributed collaboration) to find innovative solutions.
Although the International Space Station already has special toilets for astronauts, the new manned mission to the Moon would require a special design for it to work in lunar gravity, which is about one-sixth of Earth’s gravity.
In particular, NASA is looking for ideas for a next-generation device that is smaller, more efficient and capable of operating in both microgravity and lunar gravity.
Through the contest, the agency aims to find new designs that can reduce the mass of the latest generation toilets by more than half, from 54 to 31 kilos, reducing its volume by 70%, from 0.17 to 0.12 cubic meters. A standard house toilet weighs 30-60 kilos, but the complexity of operating in low-gravity environments requires more components for a space toilet, NASA recalls.
The agency offers three prizes of $ 20,000, $ 10,000, and $ 5,000 respectively. The project submission deadline is August 17 and the winner will be announced on September 30.
With this contest the agency wants to attract ideas from the general public, with a different vision than that of traditional aerospace engineering.
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