A life test of lubricants for the R2 shaft bearings of a spacecraft oscillating scanner mechanism was performed under simulated orbital conditions. The lubricant originally used in the application, a chloroarylalkylsiloxane (CAS) oil, and a linear perfluoropolyalkylether (PFPE) oil failed in less than 2500 hr of operation. A poly-alpha-olefin (PAO) oil has been running for more than 11,000 hr without any indication of lubricant or system degradation. The performances of the oils are discussed in terms of the boundary lubrication conditions of the test.

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