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SPACECRAFT ACCIDENTS: EXAMINING THE PAST, IMPROVING THE FUTURE Apollo 1. Bryan Palaszewski working with the Digital Learning Network NASA Glenn Research Center. Apollo 1 (1/2). Launch date (planned): February 21, 1967 Accident occurred during a ground test: January 27, 1967

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spacecraft accidents examining the past improving the future apollo 1

SPACECRAFT ACCIDENTS: EXAMINING THE PAST, IMPROVING THE FUTUREApollo 1

Bryan Palaszewski

working with the

Digital Learning Network

NASA Glenn Research Center

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Apollo 1 (1/2)
  • Launch date (planned): February 21, 1967
  • Accident occurred during a ground test: January 27, 1967
  • A fire broke out in the spacecraft, causing loss of the crew.
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Apollo 1 (2/2)
  • The combination of an electrical spark, a pure oxygen environment at high pressure (16 psia) with flammable materials inside, and a sealed and difficult-to-open hatch led to loss of the crew.
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Apollo 1 Results (1/2)
  • The atmosphere in the spacecraft was changed to 5 psia pressure pure oxygen.
  • Non-flammable materials were used in the spacecraft.
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Apollo 1 Results (2/2)
  • A new single layer hatch was developed, which can be opened with one lever.
  • New space suit materials were developed (Beta cloth) to resist fire.
  • Safe flights to the Moon became a reality.