Microgravity fire behaviour remains poorly understood and a
significant risk for spaceflight An experiment is under development
that will provide the first real opportunity to examine this issue
focussing on two objectives: a) Flame Spread. b) Material
Flammability. This experiment has been shown to be feasible on both
ESA's ATV and Orbital Science's Cygnus vehicles with the Cygnus as
the current base-line carrier. An international topical team has
been formed to develop concepts for that experiment and support its
implementation: a) Pressure Rise prediction. b) Sample Material
Selection. This experiment would be a landmark for spacecraft fire
safety with the data and subsequent analysis providing much needed
verification of spacecraft fire safety protocols for the crews of
future exploration vehicles and habitats.
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