Apollo 14 mission : Inability to disconnect main bus A.
- Dec 1, 1971.
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- During entry, the Apollo 14 spacecraft busses should have de-energized when the main bus-tie motor switches were switched to the off position. One motor switch did not transfer and main bus A remained energized until the battery bus-tie circuit breakers were opened after landing. Analysis revealed that residual catalyst caused the terminal pin seals to revert to a gummy state. Resulting reversion products then migrated to the motor commutator and caused brush degradation, increased and erratic commutator resistance, and reduced motor torque. The motor stalled when available motor torque was reduced below that required to drive through the maximum torque point of the switch.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19720011225., Accession ID: 72N18875., MSC-05242., and NASA-TM-X-67543.
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