Forty kilometres with maxon DC motor on Mars

As the Opportunity Rover surpasses the record for the furthest distance travelled by a rover on another planet, maxon motor engineers are extremely gratified.

This resilient space exploration vehicle enabled by maxon DC servo motors is still going. Despite outlast-ing even their wildest expectations, the maxon servomotors are still functioning on the red planet ten years later. The mars rover has now surpassed the previous record set by the soviets over forty years ago. The ROV utilises maxon DC servomotors for propulsion, scientific equipment and in its robotic arm. Opportunities “sister ship”, Spirit, collected scientific information for six years which still far exceeded the three month lifespan expectation of the original mission.

maxon motor engineers have now collated a history of the technology used in rovers from the Sojourner in 1997, the Lander in 2008 and the Curiosity in 2012 within a full application story. Within the article maxon motor give a glimpse to the future space applications and our involvement in the 2016 ExoMars mission.

Contact maxon motor Australia in the Sydney office on +61 2 9476 4777 for assistance and support.



About maxon motor Australia

maxon motor is the world’s leading supplier of high-precision drive systems. More than 40 years’ experience, constant innovation, top-quality products and competent customer service make maxon motor a reliable partner in the drive technology sector. We are driven by your specific requirements. The product range incorporated in the modular system is comprehensive: Brushed and Brushless DC motors with the unique ironless maxon winding Flat motors with iron cores Planetary gears, spur gears and special gears Sensors (encoders, DC tachos, resolvers) Servo amplifiers, position controllers and control electronics High-tech CIM and MIM components Customer specific drive solutions. maxon motor is a Swiss company headquartered in Sachseln (Central Switzerland) that employs more than 2000 staff worldwide. With 14 sales companies based in over 30 countries, sales partners in another 10 countries and with six production sites, maxon motor are able to provide locally-based and competent customer service. maxon motor helps provide innovative solutions at competitive prices for numerous applications in various markets, such as Medical technology, Industrial automation and robotics, Aerospace industry, Automotive industry, Communication, Consumer applications, Inspection and Instrumentation and Safety engineering. maxon motor Australia is based in Mt Kuring-Gai NSW and our staff will be happy to help you with all your DC motor and technical enquiries.

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