Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plans to test tire components in space as part of a project at the US National Laboratory of the International Space Station (ISS) through an experiment scheduled to launch later this year.
In the spaceless environment of the space station, Goodyear will study the formation of silica particles, a common material used in consumer tires. By gathering insights from this assessment, Goodyear engineers and scientists can determine whether further research into unique forms of precipitated silica in tires should be considered.
"With the first and only tires, Goodyear is a pioneer in tire innovations in the spacecraft space on the Moon, numerous projects with NASA and now that," said Eric Mizner, Goodyear's director of global materials science. "It underscores our passion for developing new technologies right to the end of the world – and beyond – to help us deliver breakthrough products with true customer value."
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Recent academic experiments under weightlessness conditions have demonstrated the ability to create unique morphologies that could potentially provide higher performance products. Should a breakthrough be achieved with this Goodyear survey aboard the ISS US National Laboratory, this could lead to improvements in fuel efficiency and other performance factors.
The in-space evaluation will be managed by an agreement with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the NASA-mandated organization to manage the ISS US National Laboratory.
"The ISS National Lab offers companies and researchers the opportunity to evaluate materials within their product line CASIS Director of Commercial Innovation Cynthia Bouthot." Goodyear's announcement today that it will send an investigation to the space station shows that companies are creative to improve their product lines while at the same time humanitarian ways of improving the state of our planet. "
To learn more about the future, visit the orbital capabilities of the ISS US National Laboratory, including previous research initiatives and available facilities spacestationresearch.com .