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To Space Poop... And Beyond!
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My dad and I designed a solution to handle pooping in a spacesuit. Our journey through concepts toed the line between genius and insane.
Your Story
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Please upload your story - document
Space Poop Challenge Article_Final.doc
What is your innovation?
We developed a waste management system to be incorporated into an existing spacesuit. The goal was to remove up to seven liters of waste away from an astronaut's body with a hands free system.
What is your innovation -- supporting information (optional)
Space Poop Challenge Submission FINAL.pdf
Fill in the following one-sentence “mad lib”: A inspired my innovation of B; B is important because of C and has made D impact.
Convenience of Adult Diapers inspired my innovation of the spacesuit waste management system; it is important because of astronaut safety and would make traveling the universe a safer endeavor impact.
What was the motivation behind your innovation?
A 16 year belief that peeing your pants can oftentimes be a better solution than finding a toilet during life's most precious moments. The stigma can be replaced with the idea of convenience and passion for maximizing important moments in life. The challenge is a marketing issue, because the technology is there. An endorsement from NASA in the business of personal waste management would be incentive to launch a new line of adult diapers for those who want them, not need them.
How does your story bring the "Wow Factor"?
Typically when I mention that adult diapers are practically necessary for passionate people to fully enjoy their most precious experiences, I typically get a "wow..." from my audience. This story starts 16 years ago when my dad and I first experienced the potential that adult diapers have to offer. It goes through our reasons to joining the Space Poop Challenge. Then it dives into the concept development, re-development, and re-re-development as we experience epiphanies concerning the challenges along the way. My favorite parts deal with the insane conversations we had while debating potential solutions for pooping in space.
Anything else you want to share?
I really want to say thank you NASA and HeroX for opening up this competition to the public. It was truly a great experience to learn and flex our creative problem solving muscles. Even if we don't win, we have a great story to share with others, who are usually amazed and enjoy discussing the oddity and necessity of the challenge.
The Incentive Challenge
Name of the incentive challenge related to your story.
Space Poop Challenge
URL to the incentive challenge (if available)
Fill in the following one-sentence “mad lib”: The A challenge sought submissions to B. I accomplished this goal through C.
The Space Poop Challenge sought submissions to develop a handsfree system to remove and store up to 7 liters of human waste within a spacesuit. I accomplished this goal through teamwork and pure creativity with my dad.
If you convinced someone at a cocktail party they should enter an incentive challenge, what would you say?
It has nothing to do with the prize money. It has everything to do with truly diving into the problem and fixing problems that nobody even knew was there. You currently know nothing better than you will know your solution. Like the back of your hand? Think about the bones, tendons, oxygenated blood, nerve endings, brainwaves, life experiences and eyeballs it takes to understand the concept of "like the back of your hand."

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