Space Shuttle Rudder-Speed Brake Actuator - October 2015
Fred B. Oswald, Michael Savage and Erwin V. Zaretsky
The article "Space Shuttle Rudder-Speed Brake Actuator" appeared in the October 2015 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The U.S. Space Shuttle fleet was originally intended to have a life of 100 flights for each vehicle, lasting over a 10-year period, with minimal scheduled maintenance or inspection. The first space shuttle flight was that of the Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102), launched April 12, 1981. The disaster that destroyed Columbia occurred on its 28th flight, February 1, 2003, nearly 22 years after its first launch.
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