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Lubrication of space systemsNASA has many high-technology programs plannned for the future, such as the space station, Mission to Planet Earth (a series of Earth-observing satellites), space telescopes, and planetary orbiters. These missions will involve advanced mechanical moving components, space mechanisms that will need wear protection and lubrication. The tribology practices used in space today are primarily based on a technology that is more than 20 years old. The question is the following: Is this technology base good enough to meet the needs of these future long-duration NASA missions? This paper examines NASA's future space missions, how mechanisms are currently lubricated, some of the mechanism and tribology challenges that may be encountered in future missions, and some potential solutions to these future challenges.
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
March 1, 1994
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:106392
Meeting Information
Meeting: Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Country: United States
Start Date: May 2, 1994
End Date: May 5, 1994
Sponsors: Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 506-43-41
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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