Elon Musk said SpaceX's first-ever civilian crew had 'challenges' with the toilet, and promised an upgrade for the next flight

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. REUTERS/Steve Nesius
Elon Musk stated that the next SpaceX civil mission would feature a better toilet.

SpaceX completed last week its first all-civil mission, Inspiration4, successfully.

Musk stated on Twitter that there were "challenges" in the toilet. He did not elaborate.

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Elon Musk stated on Twitter that SpaceX will upgrade its amenities for its next space-tourist flights, including the toilet.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft launched the Inspiration4 crew on Wednesday. It was made up four non-astronauts. They returned to Earth Saturday evening.

Elon Musk tweeted Monday that he had met the crew in Florida and answered Twitter users' questions about his plans for the next mission.

Musk responded to one user by saying that the next flight would have "upgraded loos" and adding, "We had some difficulties with it this flight."

The billionaire didn't elaborate on these issues or how the toilets would be improved.

Jared Isaacman, a passenger on Inspiration4, said that the crew toilet for Crew Dragon was located on the spacecraft's ceiling. It featured a glass dome which allowed crewmembers to see 360 degrees while using it.

It doesn't provide a lot of privacy. Isaacman stated that there is a privacy curtain that runs across the top of your spacecraft. This allows you to sort of seperate yourself from the rest of the world.

Isaacman said that the rigorous pre-flight training for civilian astronauts included learning how to use the spacecraft's toilet.

Illustration of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship, with a glass dome (or "cupola") at its nose. It contains the toilet. SpaceX

Musk stated that the next flight will have a small oven to heat food and WiFi provided via Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite internet project.

On their three-day flight, the Inspiration4 crew ate cold pizza. They chatted with Musk, actor Tom Cruise and others while in space.

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