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Arc jet evaluation test of CEV Heat Shield-to-Back Shell Design  Successful Arc Jet Test of CEV Heat Shield-to-back Shell Seal Design
The seal comprises an outer hybrid thermal barrier designed to resist the extreme temperatures of reentry.
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Spiral Orbit Tribometry  Spiral Orbit Tribometry
A method of tribometry that relies on an aspect of the motion of a rolling ball that has come to be known as Spiral Orbit Tribometry.
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Commercially available PM304 bushings  PM304 Success Story
Companies manufacture and utilize bearings made of PM304 oil-free lubricant material.
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Sample seals for Orion CEV  Sample Seals for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Fabricated
The seals, also known as hybrid thermal barriers, were designed for the CEV main heat shield-to-back shell interface.
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High Temperature, Flexible, Fiber Perform Seal undergoes testing  Invention of the Year 1996
A patented seal developed for the National Aerospace Plane project won NASA's 1996 Government Invention of the Year Award.
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