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Fire Safety in Extraterrestrial EnvironmentsDespite rigorous fire-safety policies and practices, fire incidents are possible during lunar and Martian missions. Fire behavior and hence preventive and responsive safety actions in the missions are strongly influenced by the low-gravity environments in flight and on the planetary surfaces. This paper reviews the understanding and key issues of fire safety in the missions, stressing flame spread, fire detection, suppression, and combustion performance of propellants produced from Martian resources.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Friedman, Robert
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1998
Subject Category
Space Transportation
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:207417
Meeting Information
Meeting: Exposition on Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Country: United States
Start Date: April 26, 1998
End Date: April 30, 1998
Sponsors: American Society of Civil Engineers, American Astronomical Society, NASA Lewis Research Center
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 962-22-00
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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