Accession Number:

AD0763331

Title:

HNS/Teflon Explosive Charges for the Apollo 17 Seismic Experiment, LSPE(Lunar Seismic Profiling Experiment)

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB WHITE OAK MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1973-05-10

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

A new plastic bonded explosive composed of HNS and Teflon was used in seismic charges on the recent APOLLO 17 space mission. Eight of the explosive charges were transported to the lunar surface abroad the LM vehicle and were subsequently detonated from earth. This report is concerned with the physical and detonation properties of dry blended HNSTEFLON explosive charges and how such charges responded to environmental conditioning. Thermal cracking of the charges occurred, but this cracking did not affect charge performance.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Astronautics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE