Post by Lynn McGuire
"SpaceX's Crew Dragon has a new space toilet for astronauts. But how
does it work?"
Ewwwwwwwwwww. Space diapers for all !
In _2001_ (the film) there's a brief shot of Heywood Floyd
examining the lengthy instructions, most of which are in too
small a print to read, on the door of a Zero-Gravity Toilet.
In a book I either used to have or still have (not going to get
up and look just now), on the making of _2001_, the entire
lengthy instructions are displayed legibly. Basically, it's a
mini-centrifuge, with warnings about sealing the compartment
before starting rotation and waiting for your elephant to come to
a complete stop before unsealing.
Beats diapers, I suppose, although I wonder what kind of Coriolis
effects you'd get from sitting in a centrifuge whose center of
rotation was not very far above your head.
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com