NASA Will Light A Large Fire On A Spacecraft

Posted: Mar 16 2016, 6:01am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


NASA will Light a Large Fire on a Spacecraft
  • NASA will Light a Giant Bonfire on a Spacecraft

NASA has full plans to light a giant bonfire on a spacecraft.

NASA is into internal discussions regarding many science experiments which are going to take place in case of the ISS resupply mission. Among the topics of interest were: 3D printing, small scale meteorites and AI grips to haul objects onto walls.

Finally, the one that took the prize of the year…NASA would light a fire in space. It might sound unbelievable, but it is true! It would be a huge fire. The legitimate question is how. 

The words “fire” and “space” often go together in sci-fi movies. However, NASA wants to create such a scenario in a spare spacecraft in the context of outer space.

When the next Cygnus space vehicle has done its job of resupplying the ISS, it will move on into the emptiness of space. The moment it is at a reasonable distance from the ISS, ground control will signal the launch of the Saffire-1.

According to Gizmodo, a sealed container aboard the Cygnus spacecraft will explode. It will contain cotton fiberglass that will ignite at the touch of a button. The phenomenon of fire in space will gain a new meaning via this scheme of things. 

This is not the first time such an experiment will be taking place in space. In the past several small-time fires measuring centimeters across were lit in space.

But these were microlevel experiments that bore little to no significance. For the first time, a huge fire will be lit in space. This time around it is not only a realistic scenario but one that will yield results.

Sensors measuring O2, CO2 and the temperature will be fitted in the device. The fire will last a mere 15 to 20 minutes though. Cameras and radiometers will catch images and measure heat on either side of the space vehicle respectively. 

This information will be relayed to planet earth about a week later and analyzed in detail. The biggest query this experiment will answer is how fire in a spacecraft will affect the inhabitants.

Such hazards faced by astronauts who are far away from the safety of the home planet are to be avoided at all costs. The Spacecraft Fire Experiment-I will even get repeated to better hone the sensors and preventive measures that are to be taken.

Also the protective gear for astronauts will have to be much more sophisticated than it is right now. The humongous fire which will be lit soon will be nowhere near the ISS.

In fact, it will be approximately four hour’s journey away from the ISS. So there is no danger of any harm coming to the crew of the International Space Station.

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