Preliminary Analysis of Fire Suppression Methods for the Space Station

by Stuart Kramer, US Air Force Inst of Technology, United States,
Joseph Sheridan, US Air Force Inst of Technology, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space

Abstract: The choice of a fire suppression system for the space station remains open. Several alternatives have been suggested, each with particular advantages and disadvantages. The problem is complicated by the relative lack of knowledge about the behavior of fire and extinguishing agents in microgravity. The purpose of this paper is to suggest a fire suppression system for the station, given present knowledge. We recommend portable carbon dioxide extinguishers for small fires, and a fixed Halon 1301 system for large scale fires or for explosion suppression.

Subject Headings: Fires | Space stations | Gravity forces | Carbon dioxide | Explosions | Equipment and machinery

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