Ensuring the Safety of Launch and Propellant Systems

Launch Vehicle & Missile Propellant Safety

Developing the data to establish the safety standards for the Liquid Natural Gas and Liquid Oxygen propelled launch vehicles

Working to understand the nature of propellant explosions to learn how to protect the crew on board and the ground team supporting the launches

Building LNG and LOX propellant handling systems

Understanding propellant explosions:

Blast physics: overpressures, total pressures, accelerations and spectrum content, total impulses

Fragments: generations and accelerations, debris fields and near field kinetic energies to enable teams to design to protect form them or prevent them

16 ft ballon w andy

Fireballs: durations, temperatures, heat fluxes, and sizes

Major test programs: gaseous test efforts up to 16 foot diameter balloons to produce weakly contained gas explosions which provided the ability to estimate peak overpressures, now performing large scale cryogenic explosions and future hydrogen gas explosions planned