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Space Station: Studying Combustion

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Space Station Live: Studying Combustion to Make Space Exploration Safe

NASA Public Affairs officer Brandi Dean interviews Dr. Sandra Olson, Spacecraft Fire Safety Researcher at NASA Glenn Research Center, about BASS-II (Burning and Suppression of Solids) in advance of its launch aboard the Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft. BASS-II, a combustion science experiment, will study air flow on combustion in space and observe how materials ignite and their flammability.

Results could help designers create safer materials and fabrics and improve fire prevention techniques. The safety of a vehicle and crew is extremely important as NASA plans missions beyond low-Earth orbit. BASS-II is the second version of the BASS experiment that began September 2011. Read more about BASS...

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/735.html

Credit: NASA

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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