To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement. The tests included welding aluminum, titanium, and stainless steel.. WASHINGTON: Located in Europe's Columbus module, the NASA experiment is the latest in the study of plants growing in microgravity. Please note that additional rankings or judges' scores will not be released. Now we have to unload it. NASA Tournament Lab has two other challenges currently running on HeroX that you don't want to miss out on! But the new toilets need to be able to work in lunar gravity as well. Lunar toilet design concepts should allow astronauts to urinate and defecate in both microgravity and lunar gravity. The Prize is open to anyone age 18 or older participating as an individual or as a team. Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required. How well does the design address issues like ease of use, odor control, noise, and turnaround time. The recording of the webinar is the best place to learn more about the winning entries. Quality of proposal: clear, concise writing;  thoughtful and complete explanations of how the proposed toilet design concept meets the specifications listed; accompanying CAD file (or other file format) is clear and complete. Given that the moon has a gravity 1/6th of earth, would it be possible to enhance or augment this so as to provide close to 1g earth standard for any proposed lunar base? While only 3 winners were awarded, the team was very impressed with many of the proposals that were reviewed. Novelty or creativity of proposed approach. When microgravity (μg) is used as a unit of measure, a specific environment can be characterized as … Minimal Lander volume requires regularly minimizing waste storage or removing it from the vehicle, Allow for easy cleaning and maintenance, with 5 minute turnaround time or less between uses, All waste materials collected remain safely stored, The crew is not exposed to urine, feces, or other collected materials, An opportunity to talk directly with NASA engineers and possibly with an astronaut about the proposed toilet design, A private tour of the Johnson Space Center (travel to Houston is not included). Thank you to everyone that tuned in to our "Meet the Winners" Webinar on Thursday! The determination of the winners will be made by HeroX based on evaluation by relevant NASA specialists. Don't forget to join us on October 22nd @ 9am PDT to meet the winners of the Lunar Loo Main Challenge! Microgravity is what is generally considered “zero-g” and is experienced as weightlessness. (5000 characters), Please upload your design files and any supporting documentation here. To submit to the Junior category, you must be less than 18. Likelihood that it can successfully meet the performance specifications when prototyped, capturing: Likelihood that it can accommodate the needs of 2 crew members for 14 days. All rights reserved. No late submissions will be accepted. (pdf, doc, docx). Good morning. NASA's Lunar Loo Challenge asks the public to design a … Revealed: microgravity. The level of gravity on the moon—about 17 percent that of Earth’s—could wreak havoc on bones, muscles, and other organs. There were many innovative designs and approaches to solving our toilet challenge that made it difficult for our judging panel to select the top 3 winners. Circumnutation data for the main stem in light showed a doubling of the amplitude and a longer period at 0.8 g than in microgravity (c. 80 vs 60 min). To submit to this category, you must be less than 18 years of age. Winners will now be published October 22nd @ 6am PDT. If you are a NASA employee, a Government contractor, or employed by a Government Contractor, your participation in this challenge may be restricted. Landing on the Moon with all that we need is just the beginning. Humanity is going back to the Moon to establish a presence that will enable eventual crewed journeys to Mars. See the Challenge-Specific Agreement for complete details. NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. But they are also inviting ideas from the global community, knowing that they will approach the problem with a mindset different from traditional aerospace engineering. Microgravity definition, a condition, especially in space orbit, where the force of gravity is so weak that weightlessness results. Defines how often the collections system must be replaced or disposed of in the mission. These astronauts will be eating and drinking, and subsequently urinating and defecating in microgravity and lunar gravity. Successful designs will probably have a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3-5. All ineligible applicants will be automatically removed from the competition with no recourse or reimbursement. At a minimum, crew using lunar toilets should not be exposed to vacuum during use, and toilet designs should be able to: Additionally, in the event of a system failure, the toilet designs will ensure that: This challenge has two categories: Technical and Junior. To be ready for deployment in 2024, the timelines for development and integration work are quite tight. Microgravity Repose Angles of Lunar Regolith In collaboration with NASA Glenn Research Center, Carthage students developed and carried out experiments to measure the repose angle of lunar regolith simulants in vacuum under lunar gravity conditions aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft. The toilet design should: We are looking for a design that captures all the functionality of a toilet on Earth. While we are only able to award three winners, we would like to commend and recognize the over 2,000 other submissions that were received. All applications will go through a process of due diligence; any application found to be misrepresentative, plagiarized, or sharing an idea that is not their own will be automatically disqualified. History. The term ‘Microgravity’ itself is a more confusing term here. The quality and caliber of the entries submitted is impressive. Overall technical feasibility of the proposal toilet design. HeroX is positioned as the social network for innovation and therefore has a broader and more uncredentialed crowd, which pairs well with our Topcoder crowd of experts in development and design. NASA is calling on the global community for novel design concepts for compact toilets that can operate in both microgravity and lunar gravity. Help sustain America’s reservoirs. The authors of these three submissions will each receive: public recognition from NASA and from HeroX, a winner’s certificate, and an item of official NASA-logoed merchandise. … But why do scientists need microgravity? Function in both microgravity and lunar gravity, Have a mass of less than 15 Kg in Earth’s gravity, Operate with a noise level less than 60 decibels (no louder than an average bathroom fan), Accommodate users ranging from 58 to 77 inches tall and 107 to 290 lbs in weight, Accommodate simultaneous urination and defecation, Collect up to 1 liter of urine per use, with an average of 6 uses per crew per day, Accommodate 500g of fecal matter per defecation, with an average of 2 uses per crew per day, Accommodate an average of 114g of female menses, per crew per day, Stabilize urine to avoid the generation of gas and particulates, Accommodate crew use of toilet hygiene products, like toilet paper, wipes, and gloves, Be clear of previous user’s urine and feces in preparation for the next use, Allow for transfer of collected waste to storage  and/or provide for external vehicle disposal. The media talking about the space program uses the term “micro gravity” - a misnomer as explained below - for things in orbit around the earth. One downside of using neutral buoyancy to simulate microgravity is the significant amount of drag presented by water. Due to the parallel development of components, the exact dimensions and performance specifications of lunar toilets are still unknown. The g-force is not actually zero in microgravity; it is just very small. The less confusing term is ‘micro-g’ or ‘micro g-forces’. Microgravity, a measure of the degree to which an object in space is subjected to acceleration. The discussion will be moderated by HeroX's Kal Sahota and include panelists: Save your virtual seat at the webinar by registering here. Support NASA's efforts to explore the solar system. Bodies in free fall and those in orbit experience this. Lunar gravity is approximately one sixth of Earth’s gravity, so urine and feces will fall down. Compatible for use by both female and male crew members. The European Space Agency is developing an astronaut center in Cologne, Germany, where it will replicate the surface of the moon. With plans to visit the Moon … NASA is already looking at ways to make currently-used space toilets smaller, lighter, and functional in lunar gravity, so your ideas should not be based on current waste management technology. Toilets will be integrated into landers developed by commercial partners. Additionally, toilet designs must be able to accommodate sick crew members dealing with vomiting and diarrhea. This massive effort is able to stay on track thanks to intensive collaboration between NASA and its commercial partners. Individual competitors and teams may originate from any country, as long as United States federal sanctions do not prohibit participation (see: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx). Why do you believe this could be developed and integrated into a lunar rover in the next 2-3 years? Nasa’s Human Landing System Program is looking for a next-generation device that is smaller, more efficient, and capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity. No specific qualifications or expertise in the field of waste management  is required. We know you’re excited to see who the winners are in the Lunar Loo Challenge, and we want to give you the opportunity to hear from them directly when we host the winners’ webinar on October 22nd! In order to respect any intellectual property contained within the winning submissions, we will not be releasing them to the public. The specifications listed below represent the maximum allowed values. Help astronauts go back to the Moon in 2024! Proposed designs should at least meet them and will preferentially be lower than them. Head of the challenge tells The Verge it was messy when they went to the bathroom before. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information. Getting back to the Moon by 2024 is an ambitious goal, and NASA is already working on approaches to miniaturize and streamline the existing toilets. There have been some amazing research firsts already. As NASA prepares for our return to the Moon, innumerable activities to equip, shelter, and otherwise support future astronauts are underway. Additional “mystery” prizes may also be awarded to winners of the Junior category. Microgravity is what is generally considered “zero-g” and is experienced as weightlessness. Participants must be at least 18 years old. NASA will be discussing what will happen with their designs during our webinar today. I'm Noel King. Microgravity is when there's weightlessness in space, and NASA's toilet tech has taken care of that problem already. By participating in the challenge, each competitor agrees to submit only their original idea. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win the competition. Submissions must be made online (only), via upload to the HeroX.com website, on or before August 17th , 2020, at 5:00 pm ET. Such prizes could include a video call between the winner’s science class and an astronaut, or NASA-logoed specialty items (patches, pins, etc). Include a design concept as both a PDF file and a neutral 3D CAD file, such as: Thoughtfully discuss how your design meets the various specifications listed above and provide supporting sketches, calculations or analysis, Feces (accommodating simultaneous urination and defecation), Please enter your full name and email address. Another important update: NASA is excited to promote the winners announcement through their channels and for this reason we'll have to delay the announcement until the following day. Character limits include spaces. We look forward to highlighting these winners further and seeing you all at the winners’ webinar in a few hours! Copyright © 2020 NPR. Designing and developing new lunar toilets may not be as exciting or intriguing as developing tools to support the exploration of the lunar surface, but the need is just as important. This Lunar Toilet Challenge has a total prize purse of $35,000 that will be shared among the teams submitting the top three designs in the Technical category. While astronauts are in the cabin and out of their spacesuits, they will need a toilet that has all the same capabilities as ones here on Earth. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Their team is great to work with, we've had the pleasure of hosting webinars and other joint initiatives. You’ll get to learn more about the winning entries, how they were developed and the teams who submitted them. See more. Confidence that proposed design will minimize the crew handling of crew waste during maintenance or system use in all mission environments, and will not expose crew to vacuum in the event of a system failure. Likelihood that it will function in both microgravity and lunar gravity when prototyped. Complete solutions will be ones that can support a crew of two astronauts for 14 days, while controlling odor, accommodating different types of waste (urine, feces, vomit, diarrhea, menses), and different gender users (female and male). The lunar lander will take one female and one male astronaut down to the moon's surface. The top three participants in the Junior category will each receive public recognition and an item of official NASA-logoed merchandise. With the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024, and the goal is to do this in a way that uses less mass, occupies less volume, is more energy efficient, and has streamlined processes. Also, we would like to take this moment to send a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in this challenge. How were astronauts going to the bathroom before? After multiple rounds of rigorous judging, we are excited to share the winners of the Lunar Loo Challenge - Technical Category! The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. What TRL would you assign it? Each flight consisted of a sequence of 31 parabolas. NASA seeks new designs for a toilet that will work both in microgravity and lunar gravity. See the Resource Tab for more information about TRLs. Objects in orbit are not perfectly weightless due to several effects: In Low Earth orbit, the force of gravity decreases by one part per million for every three meter increase in altitude. Void wherever restricted or prohibited by law. Lunar gravity is approximately one sixth of Earth’s gravity, so urine and feces will fall down. At the submission deadline, we had received over 2,000 submissions from individuals and teams across the globe. The process for using proposed toilet designs must be relatively straightforward. Click the hyperlinked challenge title to check them out: __________________________________________________________________________________, Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload, The Sequel. by Generally, drag effects are minimized by doing tasks slowly in the water. Make sure to register early since space is limited. Following much discussion and deliberation, here are the submissions that will be awarded the cash prizes: NASA wanted to highlight a couple of honorable mentions as well: Congratulations to the winners! Artemis is NASA’s program to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. Quality of the explanation and supporting evidence for why a solution is designated at a particular maturity level. Each parabola began with ∼20 s of hyper-gravity (1.8 g) known as the pull-up phase, followed by a partial-gravity or microgravity phase of 32 s (Mars gravity), 25 s (Moon gravity), or 20 s (microgravity).The parabola ended with a second period of hyper-gravity known as the pull-out phase. We’re looking for ways to remove sedimentation that regularly accumulates in reservoirs. How easy will it be to adapt the design for integration into a lunar rover. Any indication of "copying" amongst competitors is grounds for disqualification. Additionally, toilet designs should conserve water and help maintain a pristine environment inside the lander that is free of odors and other contaminants. NASA Centennial Challenges Program, NASA's Human Landing System (HLS) Program, https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx, Recording: Meet the Winners of the Lunar Loo Challenge, Webinar Reminder + Winner Announcement Update. Micro-g could be defined as a very little amount of g-forces experienced by an object in free fall due to some non-gravitational forces acting on them. For example, people aboard the International Space Station (one of the man-made satellites in orbit around the earth) all experience zero gravity when they are on board. The space agency wrote, “NASA is looking for a next-generation device that is smaller, more efficient, and capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity. Microgravity research. Three different welding processes were tested using a hardware unit called Vulkan. Although space toilets already exist and are in use (at the International Space Station, for example), they are designed for microgravity only. Anything that is very time intensive or complicated to use will generally be less attractive to NASA. Register now for the Lunar Loo Challenge - Technical Category Winner Webinar! Submissions to both categories are due no later than 5pmET on August 17, 2020. The winners for the Technical category will be announced on September 30, and the winners for the Junior category will be announced on October 20, 2020. The likelihood that proposed toilet design can be developed and integrated in the next 2-3 years. So in addition to the main Technical category, this challenge will have a Junior category. The authors of the three most compelling submissions in this category will each win: This challenge will also recognize the top three submissions from the Junior category, one per age group. In general parlance the term is used synonymously with zero gravity and weightlessness, but the prefix micro indicates accelerations equivalent to one-millionth (10 −6) of the force of gravity at Earth’s surface. During the Soyuz 6 mission of 1969, Russian astronauts performed the first welding experiments in space. Although the preferred method for capturing vomit will be emesis bags (“throw up” bags), bonus points will be awarded to designs that can capture vomit without requiring the crew member to put his/her head in the toilet. Innovators who are awarded a prize for their submission must agree to grant NASA a royalty free, non-exclusive, irrevocable, world-wide license in all Intellectual Property demonstrated by the winning/awarded submissions. These designs may be adapted for use in the Artemis lunar landers that take us back to the Moon. The appropriately named Lunar … As far as I know, there is no difference. The design will need to be compact, operate in both microgravity and lunar gravity. NASA's Lunar Loo Challenge asks the public to design a toilet to be used when astronauts go back to the moon. This is the first way to “get rid” of gravity: free fall! Zero gravity is another term referring to the phenomenon of weightlessness. We understand everyone is eagerly awaiting the results so we appreciate your patience! The idea is to seek the public’s help to devise a space toilet that can work in both microgravity and lunar gravity. This Challenge seeks solutions to distribute, store and manage power in space. The thousand changes in throughout the C. elegans transcriptome, or all the messenger RNA expressed by particular genes, were what ended up warping many of the worms’ functions.Most surprising was that many of the same changes, happened in both hypergravity and microgravity. These designs may be adapted for use in the Artemis lunar landers that take humanity back to the Moon… All challenge-related communication will be in English. The g-force is not actually zero in microgravity; it is just very small. Lunar gravity is approximately one sixth of Earth’s gravity, so urine and feces will fall down. Click here to submit to the Junior category. If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch the recording below to meet the winners, learn more about their solutions, and how they developed them. Accuracy and availability may vary. If submitting as a team, please list the full name and email address of each team member. The process for using proposed toilet designs must be relatively straightforward. The g-force is not actually zero in microgravity; it is just very small. Microgravity affects various cells in the body differently; however, the mechanisms of such e … Study of the process of cancer initiation, growth and progression in altered gravity is of utmost importance considering the health status of researchers visiting in space and future scope of space tourism. Michael Interbartolo, NASA Human Lunar Lander Crew Module SE&I Team, Imelda Stambaugh, NASA Human Lunar Lander Crew System Toilet Lead. Microgravity is what is generally considered “zero-g” and is experienced as weightlessness. Tell us a little about your background. These partners are designing and developing different elements that are part of the overall program, including lunar landers and rovers. The term microgravity is used to describe environments where the force of gravity is present but has a negligible effect. The head of the Lunar Loo Challenge told The Verge it was messy. You can view the exact date and time for your location in the Timeline here. You can register your attendance here. Toilets will operate in a nominal spacecraft environment with an air pressure of 14.7 psia (sea level like on Earth) or 8.2 psia, and the toilet storage systems could experience 0 psia (vacuum) during Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA). As we prepare for our return to the Moon, innumerable activities to equip, shelter, and otherwise support future astronauts are underway. These astronauts will be eating and drinking, and subsequently urinating and defecating in microgravity and lunar gravity. We want to encourage the next generation of space explorers, engineers, and scientists, and we know that students may think about this design problem without the same constraints as adults. NASA is looking for a next-generation device that is smaller, more efficient, and capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity. Congratulations again to our winners and to everyone who participated in NASA's Lunar Loo Challenge! Please provide a supporting rationale and/or evidence for this rating. NASA Needs A Toilet That Works In Microgravity And Lunar Gravity Jun 30, 2020 at 4:00 am By. Specifically, the contest calls for designs that work in lunar gravity, which is about one-sixth Earth's gravity and microgravity. if so how could this be achieved? * (2000 characters), Please confirm you are 18 or older. For the first time, the importance of gravity in amplifying minute oscillatory movements in microgravity into high‐amplitude circumnutations was unequivocally demonstrated. Describe how the innovation overcomes limitations and constraints of existing technologies or commercial products. Today we're playing with ZERO GRAVITY RAGDOLLS and ANTI-GRAVITY RAGDOLLS.. We encourage you to keep innovating and solving problems such as these in other crowdsourcing opportunities. Nonetheless, there are general specifications and constraints for these toilets, and they are discussed below. NASA is calling on the global community for their novel design concepts for compact toilets that can operate in both microgravity and lunar gravity. Getting back to the Moon by 2024 is an ambitious goal, and NASA is already working on approaches to miniaturize and … This challenge hopes to attract radically new and different approaches to the problem of human waste capture and containment. The majority of processes on Earth are influenced in some way by gravity, which means exploiting microgravity environments for research is a clever way to learn more about the way in which the world around us works. NASA encourages outside individuals and non-expert teams to compete and propose new solutions. Parabolic Maneuvers. The Skylab mission, launched in May 1973, served as a laboratory to perform various space manufacturing experiments. Submissions must be made in English. There's no gravity in orbit and very little gravity on the moon, which raises a question. If you are under 18, please submit to the Junior Category (www.herox.comm/LunarLooJr) or have an adult complete this application on your behalf * (3000 characters), Please discuss in detail how your design will: (i) work in both microgravity and lunar gravity, (ii) accommodate female and male crew, (iii) be easy to use and maintain, with low noise, low odor, and fast turnaround time, (iv) allow for transfer of collected waste to storage or external vehicle disposal (6000 characters), Please discuss in detail how your design will: (i) capture and contain urine, feces, vomit, diarrhea, and menses, (ii) Stabilize urine, (iii) accommodate simultaneous urination and defecation, (iv) accommodate the needs of 2 crew members for 14 days, (v) accommodates the use of toilet hygiene products, (vi) clears previous waste content prior to next use, (vii) defines how often the collections system must be replaced or disposed of in the mission  (6000 characters), Please discuss the safety measures in place to ensure that during nominal use or in the event of a system failure: (i) crew handling of waste materials during maintenance or system use is minimized, (ii) crew members are not exposed to vacuum  (5000 characters), Please discuss the technical maturity of your proposed toilet design. NASA is calling on folks around the world to help design a compact commode for use in microgravity and lunar gravity. To advance beyond the preliminary evaluation rounds, your submission must, at minimum: Submissions that pass the preliminary evaluation rounds will be reviewed by NASA’s evaluation panel, and winners will be selected using the Judging Criteria listed below. Alternatively, how could you generate a near enough 1g environment to avoid the detrimental effects of low lunar gravity? The Technical category has a total prize purse of $35,000 USD. NASA Needs A Toilet That Works In Microgravity And Lunar Gravity NASA's Lunar Loo Challenge asks the public to design a toilet to be used when astronauts go back to the moon… Based on the winning criteria, prizes will be awarded per the weighted Judging Criteria section above. We've successfully collaborated winning and fulfilling on NASA contracts through their Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation. 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