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Hypergolic Propellants: The Handling Hazards and Lessons Learned from UseSeveral 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 testing, checkout, and operational use.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Kennedy Space Center
Document Type
Nufer, Brian
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
December 6, 2010
Subject Category
Propellants And Fuels
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Joint JANNAF Interagency Propulsion Committee 25th Safety and Environmental Protection Joint Subcommittee Meeting
Location: Orlando, FL
Country: United States
Start Date: December 6, 2010
End Date: December 10, 2010
Sponsors: NASA Headquarters, Department of the Air Force, Department of the Navy, Department of the Army
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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