(78 kilograms) of garbage was ejected in a specialized trash bag from the station's commercial Bishop Airlock on July 2
The operation was
a test of Nanoracks' new orbital waste-disposal tech, and it went swimmingly, company representatives said.
The trash bag contained
used foam, packing materials, cargo transfer bags, office supplies, crew hygiene products and crew clothing
The company added that
is considering using a similar disposal system on its planned commercial space station, called Starlab, which is scheduled to fly in 2027.
Until now, ISS crews
have disposed of unneeded items by piling trash into a cargo ship bound to burn up in the atmosphere
But this novel trash
disposal system on the ISS is not new to spaceflight overall.