How do they dispose of waste on the International Space Station?

A new system aboard the International Space Station “launches” garbage bags into space so that they burn in the atmosphere

By EB / CorriereTv

Currently, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have to collect the resulting waste and store it inside the station for several months, waiting for the Cygnus cargo ship to arrive and drive it away. Four astronauts can produce up to 2,500 kilograms of waste a year, or about two boxes a week. Nanoracks, a private space company headquartered in Houston, USA, has successfully tested a new technology that facilitates the disposal of waste in space. As shown in this video, a trash bag (containing approximately 78 kilograms of waste) is ejected from the International Space Station to disintegrate against our planet’s atmosphere.

Jul 9, 2022 – Updated Jul 9, 2022, 10:25am

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