Case Study of the Benefits of Collaboration Between Aircraft and Space



Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title


2024 International Conference on Environmnetal Systems


Only 100 years ago, taking a flight across the ocean was as unattainable to much of the world as traveling to space seems today. However, the airline industry underwent a commercial revolution that made air travel a staple in the global economy. That growth was remarkably similar to the rapid change that the space industry is seeing today. As a supplier to both commercial aircraft and space platforms, Collins Aerospace, an RTX business, has taken advantage of its broad expertise and performed cross-discipline collaboration to bring commercial aircraft and space lessons learned together for use in the commercialization of space. This paper discusses the findings from work completed by Collins Aerospace Space Systems and Interiors that looked at one area where these business units directly overlap - the commode. The work aimed to determine what differences exist between the space systems and aircraft approaches to the commode and how these differences could be leveraged to optimize the design and execution of the commode for the space market. The key outputs to be discussed include findings from the exercise and the implementation of the findings on a new commode architecture.


Ashley Schuster, Collins Aerospace, USA
Beakal Woldemariam, Collins Aerospace, USA
Andrew Campbell, Collins Aerospace, USA
Kevin Litton, Collins Aerospace, USA
Casey Myers, Collins Aerospace, USA
Thao Hoang, Collins Aerospace, USA
Joe Diner, Collins Aerospace, USA
Timothy Monson, Collins Aerospace, USA
ICES501: Life Support Systems Engineering and Analysis
The 53rd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on 21 July 2024 through 25 July 2024.


Commercial Space, Low Earth Orbit, Commercial LEO Destinations, Deep Space, Commode, Toilet, Commercialization, Aviation, Environmental Control and Life Support, Manned Space, Human Space Exploration, Space Station, Space Habitat