SpaceX Crew-3 spacecraft gets toilet upgrade to fix urine tube problem - CNET

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Standing successful beforehand of a Falcon 9 rocket astatine Kennedy Space Center successful Florida are (from left) NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer.  


The 4 astronauts acceptable to motorboat connected a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft connected Halloween tin instrumentality comfortableness successful knowing their toilet has gotten an important upgrade. SpaceX took a heavy dive into the Dragon's loo after reports of issues with the backstage Inspiration4 mission and discovered a occupation with a urine tube.

"There's a retention vessel wherever the urine goes to beryllium stored successful the conveyance and wrong that retention vessel there's a conduit that came unconnected oregon came unglued and it allowed urine to fundamentally not spell into the retention tank, but to spell into the instrumentality system," SpaceX's William Gerstenmaier said during a NASA teleconference connected Monday.

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SpaceX recovered urine contamination nether the level of Inspiration4, though Gerstenmaier said the backstage astronaut unit wasn't alert of immoderate issues during the three-day flight. The Crew-3 spacecraft -- named Endurance -- was upgraded with a welded operation that got escaped of the troublesome associated from the erstwhile design. "It volition not beryllium a occupation for america astatine each with Crew-3," Gerstenmaier said.

Crew-3 is portion of NASA's Commercial Crew Program that's utilizing SpaceX to ferry unit to and from the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer are acceptable to walk six months successful orbit.

There's different Crew Dragon already up astatine the ISS. It's the 1 that carried Crew-2 into space, and it's besides suffering from the aforesaid pee-tube issue. Gerstenmaier said determination was interest that Oxone -- a substance mixed with the urine to region ammonia -- could perchance origin corrosion wrong the spacecraft. Testing backmost connected Earth and checks of the Crew-2 Dragon successful orbit amusement it should beryllium harmless to usage to bring those astronauts home.

The Crew-3 ngo passed a formation readiness reappraisal and is simply a "go" for motorboat aboriginal successful the greeting Eastern clip connected Oct. 31. The astronauts connected committee volition besides beryllium bully to "go" with their improved space-commode.

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