Space Symposium

Every year luminaries from the Global Space industry gather in Colorado Springs to discuss, address and plan for the future of space exploration. The event is organised by the Space Foundation and is called the Space Symposium, and this year was the 34th since the inaugural event in 1984. The first Symposium all of those years ago was visited by just 240 delegates, the event has grown in statue and attendance to the point where this year saw 11,000 space enthusiasts register for the exhibition. The Space Symposium has now truly become the “must attend” space event of the year for anyone connected to space exploration.

Attendees represent all facets of space technology from Government bodies to space entrepreneurs to educational institutions and even private space travel companies. Over the years there have been many prominent speakers at the event including Vice Presidents of the US, Cabinet officials, secretaries of the USAF, Heads of NASA and of other Global Space agencies and of course many Astronauts.

The X-1R Corporation first started to attend the events over 22 years ago when their products were adopted for use in the Space Shuttle Program during 1996. The product range created by X-1R proved to be the most effective lubricant tested and thus gained the respected of the space community resulting in the company being inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in the year 2000, and after 18 years they are still the only lubricant company to have earned this distinction, and still a proud supplier to NASA at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

The Space Symposium prides itself on being a forward thinking event where the latest developments in space tech are displayed creating an exciting and exhilarating forward-thinking environment. Attendance is open to anyone who is interested and the event is held every April, if you are thinking of going then why not visit to find out more.

CVT Treatment – The proper way to protect your CVT transmission

We have often heard about CVT transmission but do we really know what it actually is? We may be able to differentiate what an automatic and manual transmission is but when it comes to CVT, we may only have a vague idea.

Here’s a little bit of history for starters. The forefather of a CVT application is a chap by the name of Leonardo Da Vinci who made the invention way back in 1490. Yes, the Italian Renaissance polymath who introduced many inventions and ideas as well as paintings.

Over the years there were many variations to what we know now as CVT. It is actually an automatic transmission that does not have the number of gears like majority of cars, but instead, the transmission can change seamlessly through a continuous range of effective gear ratios.

A heavy duty belt or chain runs between two grooved pulleys with a system of hydraulic actuators allowing the effective ratio to be ‘infinitely’ varied within a range of ratios seamlessly.

CVT comes with advantages such as better fuel consumption, improvements in acceleration, flexible suspension system, less greenhouse gas emissions, ability to adapt to varying road conditions and power demands.

A video of how CVT works:

There you have it – it moves like an automatic transmission but doesn’t have gears, offers better mileage and reduces the carbon footprint. Wouldn’t that be the solution to all real world driving problems? Not quite. Rain and heat play a significant role as do wear and tear. And don’t forget driving characteristics.

One of the main problems a lot of manufacturers are having is the low mileage at which the CVT’s are failing. CVT’s are more complex and specialized than standard automatic transmissions so higher repair or replacement costs are needed.

Costly strength materials and high-tech lubricants are needed to produce the transmission’s belt or chain to withstand wear and tear from a great deal of torque from the engine.

The primary cause of failure is wear and tear on the belt system due to the ever changing position of the belt/chain this can result in a loss of power, slipping, delayed gear engagement, improper shifting, bad odor, hesitation and shuddering.

However, our sponsors X-1R, have a solution called the X-1R CVT Treatment. It is a fully synthetic CVT fluid Treatment that is specifically formulated to exceed the performance requirements of a wide range of vehicles that have either a push-belt or chain CVT.

Here, we’ve listed the primary benefits of using X-1R CVT Treatment:

  • Extends friction durability by providing superior anti-shudder performance and thus enhanced driver comfort.
  • Balanced torque capacity and anti-shudder performance to provide;
    • Increased safety
    • Longer transmission life
    • Extended service intervals
  • Dramatically improves extreme pressure and anti-wear performance which effectively reduces friction in the transmission.
  • Enhances oxidative stability that gives extended fluid life
  • Seals conditioners to help reduce the chance of leakage
  • Suitable for all continuously variable transmissions allowing for optimized supply chain and reduces operating costs.

The use of X-1R CVT Treatment will quieten down a noisy transmission, stop juddering and basically restore an as new feeling to the car. But remember this is a preventative and not a curative. Like X-1R always says – Vitamins for your car.

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