The 15-year-old Mars rover Opportunity is fighting another sandstorm.
On July 7, 2003, the NASA twin robot Opportunity embarked on its journey to the Red Planet from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Today, 15 years later, it is still sending life signs back to Earth – despite a heavy sand storm.
Engineers from all over the world are getting inspiration from nature and are developing technologies at the highest level, from bionic prostheses, to exoskeletons for children, and even a salamander with a spine.
The drive specialists at maxon motor have developed the EPOS4 70/15 positioning controller, the most powerful model of the series so far, with a maximum output of 2.1 kW. However, there is exciting news from the field of BLDC motors as well.
Your drive specialist, maxon motor, is equipping its EPOS4 positioning controllers with additional connectivity options. They can now be integrated into any EtherCAT network as a slave by using an expansion board.
maxon motor is introducing new products in all areas of drive technology, from tiny BLDC motors to frameless drives to EtherCAT control solutions. All these innovations will be presented for the first time at the SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Nuremberg.
Motors used in robotics must be lightweight while simultaneously providing high torque in order for arms and grippers to move dynamically. This is why Swiss drive specialist maxon motor is offering a new solution: The tried and tested brushless flat motors as frameless kits. This gives rise to a number of benefits.
NASA's next Mars rover will collect soil samples, seal them and deposit them on the Martian surface for future collection and transport back to Earth. Swiss manufacturer maxon motor supplies several drives specifically developed for the task.