This project is solving the CubeWorld challenge.

Smouldering fires in space are understudied and extremely dangerous. 1 in 10 space shuttle missions have had charred wire incidents which could have easily lead to a smouldering fires. These fires are especially lethal due to the gasses released, and can often go undetected for long periods of time due to their slow burn rate and relatively low temperatures.

A satellite smoulder experiment would provided invaluable data on how material smoulder in a microgravity environment, as well as shed light on possible detection and supression methods.

Project Information

License: Academic Free License 3.0 (AFL-3.0)

Source Code/Project URL: https://github.com/wsellier/BurningSat


Fire Safety in the Low-Gravity Spacecraft Environment - http://www.asi.org/adb/04/03/14/spacecraft-fire-safety.pdf
An Analysis of Smouldering Fires in Closed Compartments and Their Hazards due to Carbon Monoxide - http://fire.nist.gov/bfrlpubs/fire82/PDF/f82006.pdf
Smouldering Combustion Phenomena in Science and Technology - https://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/bitstream/1842/2678/1/Rein_SmoulderingReview_IRECHE09.pdf
ASTM E662 - http://www.astm.org/Standards/E662.htm
ASTM E1354 - http://www.astm.org/Standards/E1354.htm


  • William Sellier