The space agency has set an ambitious goal to send astronauts to the moon by 2024, and the crew will have to go to the bathroom during the mission.
NASA can adapt the design of the toilet to its Artemis lunar cabinet, so it has to work both in the microgravity or “zero-G” mode of space and on the moon, where gravity is one-sixth of what it looks like on Earth. , According to design guidelines issued by NASA and Hirox, which also allow anyone to create challenges to solve the world’s problems.
The mission will include the first female astronaut to ever travel to the moon, so toilets will have to be able to accommodate men and women.
Toilet design should also conserve water and “help maintain the ancient atmosphere of the land free of odors and other contaminants.”
“Bonus points will be awarded to designs that can capture vomit without requiring the crew member to put his/her head in the toilet,” NASA Added
It must be able to support the crew of two astronauts within 14 days and allow the debris to be collected or destroyed outside the vehicle.
Toilets must be easy to clean and maintain and there must be five minutes or less between uses. It must also use less than 70 watts of power and make less noise than the average bathroom fan.
Space will also be a problem, so the weight of the toilet on the ground must be less than 33 pounds and less than 0.12 cubic meters.
The toilet onboard the International Space Station is the size of a small closet.
It should be able to support a crew of two astronauts for 14 days and allow for the transfer of the collected waste to storage or for disposal outside the vehicle.
The toilet should be easy to clean and maintain and should have a turnaround time of five minutes or less between uses. It also needs to use less than 70 watts of power and make less noise than an average bathroom fan.
Space will also be an issue, so the toilet needs to weigh less than 33 pounds on Earth and be less than .12 cubic meters in volume.
The toilet on the board of the International Space Station is about the size of a small closet.
The grand prize is $ 20,000, while the second and third place winners will receive $ 10,000 and $ 5,000. The deadline to submit projects is August 17, and the winners will be announced in October.