Pyrotechnics and Explosives Safety Working Group

The Explosives Safety and Pyrotechnic Working Group (ESPWG) helps to maintain agency explosives, propellant and pyrotechnic capabilities. This is accomplished through training, identifying needed areas of research, and providing advice and assistance to NASA programs and projects as requested. Assistance is provided in explosives and pyrotechnic system design, research and development, testing, application, failure and hazards analyses, and investigations of mission and ground test anomalies involving explosives and pyrotechnic systems and components. The ESPWG is also a resource for addressing NASA explosives, propellant and pyrotechnic issues.

PES Working Group

Sandra Hudson

Pyrotechnics and Explosives Safety Program Manager

Learn more about Pyrotechnics and Explosives Safety Program Manager Sandra Hudson.

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Points of Contact

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Instructor-Led Courses

NASA Basic Explosives Safety Course NASA-EXPL-SAFE-101

The “NASA Basic Explosives Safety Course” provides basic Explosives Safety training for personnel throughout NASA who are involved in the handling, storing, transporting and processing of explosive materials. This includes technicians, engineers, scientists and managers whom will work with or be in the presence of explosives/pyrotechnic systems, components or explosive materials. The instruction emphasizes the safety aspect of these operations and is not intended to teach specific operations. The principle of Explosives Safety is to expose the minimum number of people to the minimum quantity of explosives for the minimum period of time consistent with the operation being conducted. This course is required for all Explosive Safety Officers and ordnance handlers.

NASA-EXPL-SAFE-101 Details Launch SATERN

Policy and Guidance


NASA-STD-8719.12NASA Safety Standard for Explosives, Propellants, and Pyrotechnics

This standard covers safety standards and procedures for operations involving explosives handling and processing. These operations are an integral part of explosives-related development and manufacturing activities.

See Policy NASA-STD-8719.12


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DoD 6055.09-M
DoD Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards: Contingency Operations, Toxic Chemical Munitions and Agents, and Risk-Based Siting
DoD 6055.09-M Details See DoD 6055.09-M
Explosives Safety
DOE-STD-1212-2012 Details See DOE-STD-1212-2012
Air Force Manual 91-201
Explosives Safety Standards
Air Force Manual 91-201 Details See Air Force Manual 91-201
Commercial Item Description, Plastic Sheet, Polycarbonate
Air Force Manual 91-201 Details See Air Force Manual 91-201
New Mexico State University Procedures
Management Procedures for Organic Peroxide Forming Chemicals and other Explosive Chemicals
New Mexico State University Procedures Details See New Mexico State University Procedures