The International Space Station will receive a very important update: a new improved toilet system.
The project has a bizarre one – officially called the universal waste management system (UWMS). A new option is to bridge the gap between modern space technology and what people need for comfort – the toilet will be more convenient and include developments that can be used for long-distance flights in the future.
In the long run, the new toilet is designed to prepare waste management engineers for the challenges of future space missions, said Jim Broyan, associate program manager for environmental technology and life support at Johnson Space Center.
The launch is scheduled no earlier than fall. The agency is still determining which spacecraft will deliver the new plumbing into orbit.