KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., July 16, 2019 (ISS National Laboratory PR) – The International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory is proud to announce that The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company will be sending a materials science investigation onboard SpaceX’s 18th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-18) mission to the space station.
This investigation will evaluate the formation of precipitated silica particles in microgravity. Silica is a common material used in consumer tires to help enhance fuel efficiency and traction. While advances in silica technology have been made in many key areas of importance for the tire industry, silica microstructure still represents an area where research would be beneficial, and the microgravity environment of the space station could lead Goodyear to the development of unique silica structures, resulting in enhanced tire performance.
Goodyear has long demonstrated innovation in space,
beginning with the company’s key contributions to the lunar landing 50
years ago. The latest collaboration highlights the ability to accelerate
applied research concepts to station through coordination between
researcher partners, commercial facility providers (BioServe Space
Technologies), and the ISS National Lab. SpaceX CRS-18 is slated to
launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (FL) no earlier ...