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.
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