This page describes the experiments that were run inside the LUNAR Simulation Laboratory prior to the Deployment Simulation experiment preformed during the summer of 2010. A gener description of its use to the LUNAR team and what results they drew from the data are included.
Objective: Verify that the stage motor will not reach temperatures outside of its limits during a nighttime (cold) cycle. This motor was used later in the deployment simulation experiemnt (Check out the experiment in the Prevoius Tests Page). If the motor looses enough heat, the lubricant will not function properly, and the motor could be damaged.
Analysis: Temperature dropped faster than expected. If the temperature of the motor continues to fall at this rate, the motor will reach its lower temperature limit before the end of a night cycle.
Objective: Verify that the stage motor will not reach temperatures outside of its limits during a night cycle. Between test 1 and test 2, Mylar insulation was attached to the stage motor.
Analysis: The extra mylar provided enough insulation to keep the motor above -30°C during a 24 hour night cycle.
Objective: Verify that the stage motor will not reach temperatures outside of its limits during a daytime (hot) cycle.
Analysis: The stage motor will not exceede its maximum temerature of 70°C during a 24 hour daytime cycle.