According to foreign media reports, a recently designed space toilet suitable for women will be sent to the international space station (ISS). The new toilet is on board a cargo ship that will take off from valleps Island, Virginia, later on Thursday, the Guardian reported. Astronauts will test it over the next few months. < / P > < p > the new toilet weighs about 100 pounds (45 kg) and is 28 inches (71 cm) high, about half the size of two Russian made toilets already in use on the space station. The new toilet is 65% smaller and nearly half lighter than the one currently used on the space station. < / P > < p > according to previous reports, the new toilet uses a tilted seat, a new shape and a redesigned urination funnel for better use by female astronauts. < p > < p > the microgravity toilet used on ISS uses suction to prevent excreta from overflowing when using the toilet in space, but in order to better adapt to the body structure of women, the new system adopts a new shape. Toilets are also more suitable for collecting more excreta than before. According to a report published by NASA in June this year, compared with the previous toilet, the new toilet is smaller in weight and simpler to use, which not only improves the comfort and performance of the crew, but also safely handles urine by the spacecraft recycling system. < / P > < p > the new toilet will be placed in a separate compartment next to the old toilet on the US side of the space station. The toilet currently used on the U.S. side of the space station was designed in the 1990s. Skip to content