Now is your likelihood to design the area bathroom constructed only for astronauts.


If you could possibly create a bathroom worthy of area journey, what would it not seem like? NASA is getting ready to return to the moon by 2024 and it wants assist growing a brand new manner for astronauts to go about their enterprise on their journeys to the lunar floor and again. 

NASA issued a name Thursday asking for concepts for the last word area bathroom with the Lunar Loo Challenge. The winner of the area bathroom problem may win $35,000 (roughly £28,000, A$51,000) for the highest idea. 

Although area bogs are already in use (the International Space Station is scheduled to get an improve quickly), they’re designed for microgravity solely. Microgravity is when there’s weightlessness in area, and NASA’s bathroom tech has taken care of that downside already. But the brand new bogs want to have the ability to work in lunar gravity as properly. Lunar gravity is roughly one-sixth of Earth’s gravity, so our waste strikes a bit of in another way on the moon.  


Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti exhibits off the hose on the present bathroom for when it’s good to pee. 

Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

In addition to having the brand new bathroom perform in each microgravity and lunar gravity, it has to stick to a set of strict specs. It should have a mass of lower than 15 kilograms in Earth’s gravity, occupy a quantity no larger than 0.12 meter cubed, eat lower than 70 watts of energy, function with a noise stage lower than 60 decibels (no louder than a mean lavatory fan) and accommodate each feminine and male customers of various sizes and shapes. 

“While we may know how to make space toilets, we recognize that there are a lot of innovations going in waste management from the no-flush toilet to waterless toilets and more,” stated Mike Interbartolo, undertaking supervisor for the Lunar Loo Challenge within the HLS Crew Compartment Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “So we wanted to expand our knowledge base by using this challenge to find the unknowns that might be out there. 

“We are trying ahead to seeing what the crowdsourcing neighborhood can provide you with that’s out-of-the-box and convey totally different views for what is required for a bathroom.”


Here’s a look at a prototype of the new Universal Waste Management System with urine storage tanks.


NASA is engaged on designs to miniaturize and streamline the prevailing bogs — the so-called “Universal Waste Management System” — however wants concepts from individuals who may have the ability to remedy the issue utilizing new and totally different approaches somewhat than conventional aerospace engineering. 

“Think about the needs for the toilet and don’t worry about it being for a spacecraft,” Interbartolo added. “Break it down to the base functions needed in terms of handling male/female urine, fecal, menses, and how you could do it in a compact and low mass way for an easy-to-use system. These concepts are similar for campers, boats, remote and undeveloped locations.”

This problem has two classes: technical and junior. Submissions to each classes are due no later than 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on Aug. 17.

Toilets not your factor? In April, NASA requested for concepts for miniaturized payloads to ship to the moon on board Roomba-size rovers in its “Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload” problem.