Aerospace & Aviation

In space or in civil aviation – the components used in this environment are subjected to extremely high mechanical stress but must still operate perfectly. FAULHABER drive solutions function reliably in a vacuum and at extremely low temperatures, and ensure safety and comfort for air travel.

Application Highlights

Cabin equipment

In 2011 there were 15,556 passenger planes and almost as many private jets in operation worldwide. If predictions prove correct, this figure is set to double in the next fifteen years. At the same time there is a marked trend towards equipping aircraft cabins with additional features that provide comfort at the push of a button. This will require an increasing number of small electric motors which, of course, must be as reliable, light and powerful as possible. Drives from FAULHABER are predestined for this area of application – and this is not only the opinion of Robert Varonier who coordinates activities in this market segment for FAULHABER. We spoke to him about the present and future of the motorised flying experience.

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Comet probe "Rosetta Mission"

At the end of May 2014, the Rosetta space probe will swing into an orbit around the comet 67P/Churyumov‐Gerasimenko in order to, after more closely approaching it in August, map its surface and thus prepare for the landing of Philae. On 12th November, this ballistic lander, weighing 100 kg, touched down on the comet and began experiments intended to provide information about its composition. This lander has 14 FAULHABER drive systems which defied the harsh conditions of the 10 year long journey through the vacuum and incredibly low temperatures of space, in order to deliver valuable information on the creation and history of our solar system.

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Hexapod

Why is it much warmer one million kilometres away from the sun than on its surface? Even today, we still do not have a definitive answer to this seemingly simple astronomy question. Two satellites, set to go into orbit in 2017 in a formation accurate down to the last millimetre, may be able to help solve the mystery. One satellite will cover the sun, so that the other will be able to observe the hot solar corona undisturbed. In order to install the measuring instruments for this incredible feat of precision, the technicians at the European Space Agency (ESA) are using a hexapod. Manu­factured by SYMETRIE, a high-tech company based in the South of France, the hexapod is powered by motors produced by FAULHABER

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Control rocket fuel valves

Brushless DC-Servomotors control rocket fuel valves. Amid tightening budgets, space agencies are increasingly looking to the commercial space sector to provide the launch vehicles of the future. Some companies now offer highly reliable and economically viable launch vehicles which can send a large variety of payloads into Earth orbit.

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UAVs

Why is it much warmer one million kilometres away from the sun than on its surface? Even today, we still do not have a definitive answer to this seemingly simple astronomy question. Two satellites, set to go into orbit in 2017 in a formation accurate down to the last millimetre, may be able to help solve the mystery. One satellite will cover the sun, so that the other will be able to observe the hot solar corona undisturbed. In order to install the measuring instruments for this incredible feat of precision, the technicians at the European Space Agency (ESA) are using a hexapod. Manu­factured by SYMETRIE, a high-tech company based in the South of France, the hexapod is powered by motors produced by FAULHABER

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Measuring sensor

Microdrives in magnetic field measurement probes on NASA mission. Combining outstanding performance with a small footprint, microdrives are predestined for a wide range of applications. Their low weight and long-term reliability make them useful for space exploration applications, among other things.

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