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Space mechanisms needs for future NASA long duration space missionsFuture NASA long duration missions will require high performance, reliable, long lived mechanical moving systems. In order to develop these systems, high technology components, such as bearings, gears, seals, lubricants, etc., will need to be utilized. There has been concern in the NASA community that the current technology level in these mechanical component/tribology areas may not be adequate to meet the goals of long duration NASA mission such as Space Exploration Initiative (SEI). To resolve this concern, NASA-Lewis sent a questionnaire to government and industry workers (who have been involved in space mechanism research, design, and implementation) to ask their opinion if the current space mechanisms technology (mechanical components/tribology) is adequate to meet future NASA Mission needs and goals. In addition, a working group consisting of members from each NASA Center, DoD, and DOE was established to study the technology status. The results of the survey and conclusions of the working group are summarized.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Fusaro, Robert L.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:105204
Meeting Information
Meeting: Conference on Advanced Space Exploration Initiative Technologies
Location: Cleveland, OH
Country: United States
Start Date: September 4, 1991
End Date: September 6, 1991
Sponsors: AIAA, OAI, NASA
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Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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