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Questions tagged [explosives]

Explosives are chemical substances that can produce large quantities of gaseous products and heat by decomposition in very short periods of time through detonation.

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Externaly delivered non-nuclear pulse propulsion?

This question asks about the feasibility of an Orion-like pulse propulsion system using chemical explosives instead of nuclear explosives as pulse unit. Unfortunately, those simply lack the energy ...
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Could we see the surface of Venus after the explosion of a H-bomb in its atmosphere?

The dense atmosphere of Venus is mainly composed of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, with clouds made of sulfuric acid droplets, which make optical observation of the surface impossible. As can be seen ...
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Emergency Spacesuit Protection?

In an emergency how much and what kind of protection would a spacesuit provide protecting against an explosive decompression event in the habitat the wearer is in? Can air pressure be accumulated ...
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Lunar excavation by blasting - would there be unique challenges, difficulties or safety issues?

This answer which mentions blasting on the moon for excavation got me thinking. There may be many ways that blasting could potentially be useful on the Moon. Excavation for habitats or other ...
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What limits burning speed of solid propellant?

SRBs and missiles use grain to regulate thrust over time, as only exposed surface of the propellant burns. But what causes propellant to burn only on the surface, and regulates the speed at which the ...
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Are conventional explosives viable for pulsed propulsion?

During the cold war we explored the use of nuclear weapons as a means of propulsion. Instead of trying it right away, we used conventional explosives to simulate them. Is it economically viable to use ...
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Could explosives replace drilling for science and construction in space?

Drilling seems to require heavy equipment, preferably with humans on site for maintenance, much energy and might be even more problematic in low gravity and unknown geology. Deepest hole drilled in ...
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What would happen if I throw a grenade in space?

What would happen if I throw a grenade in space? Would it explode? Or will it just keep floating forever?