Determination of Survivable Fires

  title={Determination of Survivable Fires},
  author={D. L. Dietrich and James Niehaus and Gary A. Ruff and David L. Urban and Fumiaki Takahashi and John W. Easton and Alastair A. Abbott and Jean C. Graf},
At NASA, there exists no standardized design or testing protocol for spacecraft fire suppression systems (either handheld or total flooding designs). An extinguisher’s efficacy in safely suppressing any reasonable or conceivable fire is the primary benchmark. That concept, however, leads to the question of what a reasonable or conceivable fire is. While there exists the temptation to ‘over-size’ the fire extinguisher, weight and volume considerations on spacecraft will always (justifiably) push… CONTINUE READING