The ISS throws 78 kilos of junk into space through new technology
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The ISS throws 78 kilos of junk into space through new technology

A special container was used for this project, in which dirty clothes, hygiene products and other objects discarded by the astronauts were placed.

The American company Nanoracks has successfully tested a new technology, developed in collaboration with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which will simplify the process of removing waste generated on the International Space Station (ISS), the company announced in a statement. Last weekend, the ISS crew dumped 78 kilos of garbage from the Bishop Airlock airlock, designed by Nanoracks. For the test, a special container capable of holding up to 272 kilos was used, in which foam and packaging materials, cargo transfer bags, dirty clothing, hygiene products and other objects discarded by the astronauts were placed. The process is to release the bag of debris so that it can later burn …

“Collecting debris in space is a long-standing, if not publicly discussed, challenge aboard the ISS,” said Cooper Read, Bishop Airlock Program Manager. “Four astronauts can generate up to 2,500 kilos of garbage per year, or about two garbage cans per week. As we enter an era with more people living and working in space, this is a fundamental function just as it is for everyone at home, “he said. Currently, the crew aboard the ISS must store the waste collected for months, pending the arrival of the Cygnus cargo. The astronauts fill the spacecraft with bags of debris before Cygnus is released from the space station to be removed from orbit, where the entire spacecraft also burns upon reentry into the atmosphere.