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NASA Safety Manual for Explosives, Propellants, and Pyrotechnics
NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field

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NASA Safety Manual for Explosives, Propellants, and Pyrotechnics
NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field

A concise reference handbook that provides the minimum requirements, both for Government and contractor personnel, for the safe use, handling, and control of explosives at the NASA Glenn Research Center.  The document provides directives for protecting personnel and property involved in explosive operations at all levels from the hazards of explosives and explosive materials (including solid and liquid propellants, oxidizers, pyrotechnic materials, and electro-explosive devices).

Provides key information for training and certification, supervisor responsibilities, hazard assessments, placards and warning signs, and color coding.  Explains how to use the "two-person buddy system" when handling explosives.  Covers laboratory and experimental operations, range launch pads, static test stands, cold-flow test operations, pipelines, and bulk storage. 

Gives specifications for special electrical bridge test equipment, blasting galvanometers, circuit testers, "no-voltage tests."  Describes siting requirements for explosives storage, facility planning, transportation, storage compatibility groups.

Covers working with:

  • Initiating explosives (black powder, lead azide, styphnates, fulminates, nitrocellulose, etc)
  • Detonators and similar initiating devices (blasting caps, explosive bolts, primers, squibs, etc)
  • Bulk propellant and propellant charges (smokeless powder, rocket motor solid propellants)
  • High explosives (det cord, HMX, linear shaped charges, PETN, RDX, tetryl, TNT, etc)
  • Artillery ammunition
  • Incendiary, illumination, lachrymatory, smoke, sound effect pyrotechnics
  • Cable cutters, safety fuse, smoke pots
  • Experimental explosives
  • FEFO
  • Nitrates, perchlorates, picric acid


Definitions and Terminology
Procuring Explosives
System Safety
Operations and Handling
Storage, Accountability, and Disposal
Liquid Propellants
Quantity-Distance Requirements

An excellent reference resource for the experimental and amateur rocket scientist, and especially important document if you're developing or implementing a safety program. 

This new limited edition has been republished by the Rocket Science Institute.  It's printed directly from a NASA digital document file, with a high-resolution laser printer on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper and quality bound for years of reference use.  28 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size.  $14.95

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