Thursday, August 18

Bishop Airlock Nanoracks: This is how the ISS eliminates garbage | Digital Trends Spanish

The International Space Station (ISS) is debuting a more glamorous way to dispose of trash in space with the Bishop Airlock Nanoracks system.

Nanoracks’ statement states that “As of 7:05 PM Central on Saturday, July 2, we successfully pedaled the Bishop Airlock aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and deployed the first Nanoracks technology to remove approximately 172 lbs. station waste. This successful test, developed and conducted in collaboration with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, demonstrates a more efficient and sustainable model for removing debris aboard the ISS and also highlights a critical new role and utility for all future stations. space commercials, including Nanoracks’ Starlab«.

“This weekend was another historic milestone for the Nanoracks team. This was Bishop Airlock’s first open-close cycle, our first deployment, and what we hope will be the start of new, more sustainable ISS removal operations,” says Dr. Amela Wilson, CEO of Nanoracks. This successful test not only demonstrates the future of debris removal for space stations, but also highlights our ability to leverage the ISS as a commercial technology testbed, providing critical insights on how we can prepare for the next phases. of Leo business destinations. Thanks to NASA and the ISS Program for their continued support, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration.”

The new Nanoracks concept uses a specially designed waste container, which is mounted on the bishop lock. The ISS crew can fill the container with up to 600 pounds of garbage. The debris bag is released and the airlock is reassembled empty.

The first test of the waste bag technology contained approximately 172 pounds of trash, including foam and packing materials, cargo transfer bags, dirty crew clothing, assorted hygiene products, and used office supplies.

Like the Cygnus method, the debris bag also burns up on re-entry into the atmosphere and does not contribute to the creation of any space debris.

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