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10.10.2020 02:10

«driven» takes a look at the fourth planet

Our fascination with Mars is stronger than ever, again and again, researchers are drawn to it. At this very moment, yet another robot mission is on its way to uncover the secrets of Mars. This mission will also involve the first helicopter flight in space. We’ve dedicated this issue of driven to the Perseverance mission and all of the other explorative missions before it.

With the aid of multiple robot missions over the last three decades, researchers have been able to come to astonishing conclusions about Mars. We now know that there was liquid water there in the past, that the planet had a thin atmosphere, and that even today, there is ice at the poles. But was there also once life on Mars? To answer this question, NASA is sending its Perseverance rover to take soil samples that will later be brought back to Earth. This mission is the culmination of an incredible amount of preparation, hardwork, and the latest technology. Details on this and other fascinating insights can be found in this latest issue of driven, the maxon magazine

Readers will discover how years of collaboration between drive specialist maxon and the space experts at JPL have produced the BLDC motors which will handle the valuable soil samples on Mars. «driven» introduces the people behind those drives. The magazine also features an interview with the project manager of the first Mars helicopter.

Moon bases with 3D printing

You don't always need to fly all the way to Mars to find exciting space projects. That has been demonstrated by Swiss startup ClearSpace, which is developing an ingenious system to capture and dispose of decommissioned satellites. The moon, too, has a special section in the current issue of driven. Future moon bases are being planned to allow permanent settlement. How will they be built? The answer: 3D printing.

maxon’s driven magazine features interesting application stories, interviews, and news from the world of drive technology. The current issue is available online and can also be ordered in print, free of charge: magazine.maxongroup.com

More News

Drive specialist maxon, renowned for its Mars motors, is joining forces with the robotics startup ANYbotics and will in future supply the drive systems of the autonomous ANYmal inspection robot. The robot will soon be marketed in large quantities. This cooperation will also benefit maxon, since ANYbotics provides important robotics know-how and is currently the most successful young company in this field.
In July, NASA will be sending its fifth rover to Mars. Its main mission is to collect soil samples that will be analyzed on Earth at a later time. The rover will also carry a helicopter that will perform the first flights on the Red Planet. maxon's precision DC and BLDC motors will be used for numerous mission-critical tasks.
maxon is once again expanding its range of configurable drives with more brushless DC motors, gearheads, and encoders from the ECX series. There is also news on positioning controllers in the micro segment.
ETH Zurich has decided to postpone the Cybathlon until 19–20 September 2020. The safety and health of all those involved in this major international event takes top priority.

01.02.2020 01:02

maxon is flying to the Sun
In February, Solar Orbiter will start its mission to provide scientists with new data about the Sun. Swiss research and engineering have played a significant role in the construction of the space probe – including drives from maxon.