Urine Collection Device (UCD), Contingency Bag

Urine Collection Device (UCD), Contingency Bag

     

Before spacecraft included a toilet, as the Shuttle did, and when all astronauts were male, personal urine collection devices were used. They consisted of a wearable containment belt, latex roll-on cuff, plastic tube, valve and clamp, and a plastic collection bag. Connected carefully, this device was generally effective but sometimes messy. As women entered the astronaut corps in the Space Shuttle era, new sanitary solutions were necessary to handle the basic human need to urinate when a toilet was not accessible. Eventually male astronauts also adopted more convenient methods. NASA gave this old-style disposable urine collection device to the Museum, along with new options: a variety of disposable absorbent underwear.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Hygiene & Waste Management

Materials
Plastic
Synthetic Rubber
Latex
Steel
Chrome Plating
Ink
Dimensions
Overall: 5 3/8in. x 1ft 3 7/8in. (13.72 x 40.32cm)
Overall: 1 1/16in. (2.7cm)
Overall: 2 1/2in. x 2 1/4in. (6.35 x 5.72cm)
Overall: 1ft 1in. x 1ft 6 3/4in. (33.02 x 47.63cm)

Before spacecraft included a toilet, as the Shuttle did, and when all astronauts were male, personal urine collection devices were used. They consisted of a wearable containment belt, latex roll-on cuff, plastic tube, valve and clamp, and a plastic collection bag. Connected carefully, this device was generally effective but sometimes messy. As women entered the astronaut corps in the Space Shuttle era, new sanitary solutions were necessary to handle the basic human need to urinate when a toilet was not accessible. Eventually male astronauts also adopted more convenient methods. NASA gave this old-style disposable urine collection device to the Museum, along with new options: a variety of disposable absorbent underwear.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Hygiene & Waste Management

Materials
Plastic
Synthetic Rubber
Latex
Steel
Chrome Plating
Ink
Dimensions
Overall: 5 3/8in. x 1ft 3 7/8in. (13.72 x 40.32cm)
Overall: 1 1/16in. (2.7cm)
Overall: 2 1/2in. x 2 1/4in. (6.35 x 5.72cm)
Overall: 1ft 1in. x 1ft 6 3/4in. (33.02 x 47.63cm)

ID: A20100112000