Space Mechanisms Project

Several NASA missions have suffered anomalies or failures due to problems in applying space mechanisms technology to specific projects.  Research shows that engineers often lack either adequate knowledge of mechanism design or sufficient understanding of how mechanisms affect sensitive systems.  The Space Mechanisms Project conducted a Lessons Learned study and published a Space Mechanisms Handbook to help space industry engineers avoid recurring design, qualification, and application problems.

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