SynLube™ Lube−4−Life® 1−800−SYN−LUBE
SynLube™ supplied hydraulic fluid (HF) which is similar to our PSF (Power Steering Fluid) is used by NASA in the Landing Gear System in every Space Shuttle Flight.
SynLube™ has been chosen because of its wide operating temperature range (-70 F to 700 F) high viscosity index (VI=220) and universal compatibility with the seals and materials used in the Landing Gear System components.
Orbiting in Space the HF fluid reaches -30 °F to -40 °F
30 minutes before landing the ceramic tile covered bottom is red hot and the HF fluid reaches 375 °F to 425 °F
Minutes before landing the Landing Gear mechanism powered by the HF which is still at over 275 °F must operate reliably, as there is only ONE chance for safe landing.
Detail of the Landing Gear
Space shuttle Atlantis lands for the final time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off July 8, 2011 on the final flight of the shuttle program, STS-135, a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis carried a crew of four and the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module containing supplies and spare parts for the space station. The STS-135 astronauts were Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim.
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