More Detectors needed to monitor smoke on the International Space Station


In a recent study, NASA scientists have revealed the fact that one single fire detector is not adequate to different kinds of smoke in the aircraft. It has raised alarms among the scientists of NASA who believe that further lab fireproofing designs are to be made to make the spacecraft 100 percent secure any sorts of fire breakthrough.

NASA has been working very closely with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 2002 to understand the pattern of behavior made by smoke in microgravity so that the scientists would be in a position to prepare innovative and sensitive and reliable methods for raising the alarm during any fire breakthrough in spacecraft. The scientists have described how they studied the smoke particles of five materials that are mainly used on the shuttle with the crew on board. The scientists also analyzed and evaluated how brilliantly the smoke particles could be identified with the help of two traditional systems.