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    Next-generation space toilet ready in five years
    05 Jan 2009


    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has teamed up with engineers from the private sector to develop a next-generation space toilet, which they hope to complete within the next five years.

    Clean and easy to use, the envisioned space toilet is designed to be worn like a diaper around the astronaut’s waist at all times. Sensors detect when the user relieves him or herself, automatically activating a rear-mounted suction unit that draws the waste away from the body through tubes into a separate container. In addition to washing and drying the wearer after each use, the next-generation space toilet will incorporate features that eliminate unwanted sound and odor.

    Established last month, JAXA’s space toilet research group includes engineers from the private sector. Participants reportedly come from an assortment of toilet and chemical manufacturers, as well as from the architectural and engineering firm Shimizu Corporation. Plans are to test working prototypes of the space toilet in Japan’s Kibo lab aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The developers indicate their next-generation space toilet may also prove useful in earthbound settings — particularly in hospitals with bedridden patients.

    The current ISS toilet is a Russian-built, western-style commode that sucks waste away like a vacuum cleaner. Use of that toilet requires practice before heading to space, particularly because an improperly seated user has the potential to create a messy situation.

    Chiaki Mukai, head of JAXA’s Space Biomedical Research Office, is looking forward to the development of the new toilet. “Long-term stays in space place significant stress on the mind and body,” Mukai says. “The toilet plays a crucial role in maintaining good health in space.”
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    OOOOOOOOOO!!! when are they coming out with the leftists version? You know - the one you can strap over their heads?
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    Did you spell potatoes correctly?:p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    Did you spell potatoes correctly?:p
    Someone help! Linda somehow got access to Shannon's account!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    OOOOOOOOOO!!! when are they coming out with the leftists version? You know - the one you can strap over their heads?
    Most liberals can do that naturally .Just under their skin the feedback paths are all natural ass to mouth with extra storage in the cranium .
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    Most liberals can do that naturally .Just under their skin the feedback paths are all natural ass to mouth with extra storage in the cranium l.
    I understand that - its' the way that they SPEW it out that I want to see prevented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biccat View Post
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    Dan ...joke...nevermind.:p
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    OOOOOOOOOO!!! when are they coming out with the leftists version? You know - the one you can strap over their heads?
    This could have natural applications.I worked with a company owner who's partner had a gastric bypass and an external colostomy bag .Every once in a while, while at meetings his bag would vent and stink out the conference room .Something like this would help the poor guys worry and fear of mortification at important meetings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asdf2231 View Post




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    Most of the early astronauts extravehicle suits had a system much like diapers for solid waste and a catheter for fluid.After wearing a suit in space for an extended period of time such as a space walk the catheter must have been very uncomfortable and irritating for a man to wear.Their diets were designed to produce as little solid or fluid waste as possible .The Japanese have a habit of going, at times, overboard on 'forced' applications and this along with the 'Talking Gossip Toillette' is a good example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    Did you spell potatoes correctly?:p
    Where's Dan Quayle when you need him?
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