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A Summary of NASA and USAF Hypergolic Propellant Related Spills and FiresSeveral unintentional hypergolic fluid related spills, fires, and explosions from the Apollo Program, the Space Shuttle Program, the Titan Program, and a few others have occurred over the past several decades. Spill sites include the following government facilities: Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Johnson Space Center (JSC), White Sands Test Facility (WSTF), Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB), Little Rock AFB, and McConnell AFB. Until now, the only method of capturing the lessons learned from these incidents has been "word of mouth" or by studying each individual incident report. Through studying several dozen of these incidents, certain root cause themes are apparent. Scrutinizing these themes could prove to be highly beneficial to future hypergolic system test, checkout, and operational use.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Nufer, Brian
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
April 25, 2010
Subject Category
Space Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Summary of NASA and USAF Hypergolic Propellant Related Spills and Fires(Huntsville, AL)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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