Elon Musk promised on Twitter that SpaceX plans to upgrade their amenities for its next space-tourist flight, including a toilet and oven.
The Inspiration4 crew, made up of four civilian astronauts, took off on Wednesday, September 15 aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, landing back on Earth on Saturday (September 18) evening.
Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that he met the crew in person in Florida, and then answered questions from Twitter users about the company’s plans for the next mission.
Just met with the @Inspiration4x crew in Florida to congratulate them in person. Such great people!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 21, 2021
Responding to one user, Musk said the next flight would have “upgraded toilets.” He added, “We had some challenges with it this flight.” The billionaire didn’t elaborate what exactly these challenges were or how exactly the toilets would be upgraded.
Definitely upgraded toilets :) We had some challenges with it this flight.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 21, 2021
Jared Isaacman, one of the passengers on Inspiration4, told Insider in July that the toilet for Crew Dragon was located on the ceiling of the spacecraft and featured a glass dome, meaning crew members had a 360-degree view while using the bathroom.
“It’s not a ton of privacy. But you do have this kind of privacy curtain that cuts across the top of the spacecraft, so you can kind of separate yourself from everyone else,” Isaacman said.
Isaacman added that learning to use the toilet on the spacecraft was part of the civilian astronauts’ rigorous preflight training.
Musk also said the next flight would have a small oven for heating food, as well as WiFi provided by Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite-internet project.
Yeah, a little oven for heating food & Starlink wifi— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 21, 2021
The crew for the Inspiration4 mission took cold pizza on its three-day flight. While in space, the crew members chatted with Musk and actor Tom Cruise.