NASA's Launches the Space Poop Challenge

Astronauts have always looked cool in their super space gear as they prepared to be blasted into orbit, but all the while, every single astronaut has been stuck wearing a diaper during launches and landings. NASA officials are trying to come up with a way to finally come out of there diaper, and they are asking for the public's help with the crowd sourced "space poop challenge" NASA wants you to help them figure out astronauts can answer there nature call in space without any diapers.

What's needed is a system inside a spacesuit that collects human waste for up to 144 hours and routes it away from the body without the use of hands The system has to operate in the conditions of space  where solids, fluids and gases float around in microgravity.

The entry deadline is December 16 and whoever comes up with a solutions that NASA officials deem promising enough will be awarded $30,000, and the right to brag he or she helped NASA astronauts figure out how to poop in space without having to then sit in their own crap. NASA will award up to three prizes for the best ideas

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To be eligible for an award, the solution must, at minimum:
  • Keep urine and/or fecal waste away from a crew member’s body for a minimum of 144 hours while in a space suit
  • Operate in a microgravity scenario
  • Operate within a full launch and entry suit at an internal pressure of 4.3 PSID and 100% oxygen environment which cannot be opened for manual access within the 144 hour time period
  • Operate while a crew member is moving, bending, and/or seated and strapped into a chair
  • Manage at least one of the three following human wastes for up to 6 days
    • Manage up to 1L per day of urine per crew member (based on planned liquid intake during mission)
    • Manage up to 75 grams of fecal mass and 75mL fecal volume per crew member (based on planned food intake during mission).  Fecal matter may range from liquid to solid, but the Solution is not required to handle uncontrollable, ongoing diarrhea.
    • Manage up to 80 mL of menstrual fluid over 6 days
  • Require less than five minutes for a crew member to, on their own, set up and secure the Solution to their body, prior to, or along with, getting into their launch and entry suit.
  • Operate effectively for both men and women of varying size and weight within the range of 1% to 99% on the Airforce ANSUR anthropometric database. Please refer to the Resource Pageand this document for ranges in relevant measurements for your solution, which might include, but not be limited to: waist circumference (24.2 to 43.5”), Buttock circumference (33.1 to 45.2”), Hip breadth, sitting (31.5 to 46.5”), Waist back (15.4 to 22”) and Waist depth (5.9” to 11.8”).

The Solution may include a variety of approaches, including, but not limited to:
  • Using different management systems for urine versus fecal versus menstruation output and/or males versus females or by size or weight
  • Integrating all hardware into one garment that is easy to don
  • Keeping collected urine and fecal matter inside the suit or routing it outside the suit, allowing for customization for each crew member, etc.


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