Chapter 21. Pyrotechnic Safety
Keith E. Van Tassel
Pyrotechnics Project Manager and Explosives Safety Officer, Johnson Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Houston, Texas
21.1. Pyrotechnic Devices
During the era of the NASA Apollo Program, engineers who used explosives in the design of separation systems, emergency escape systems, and landing and deceleration systems chose to call these types of energetic devices pyrotechnics as opposed to ordnance.
The range of pyrotechnic devices encompasses all components and assemblies that contain or are operated or actuated by propellants or explosives. Such devices include items such as initiators, detonators, safe ...