Satellite Geared Products
The importance of this project to us was to prove our capabilities to make a gear that appears rather simple yet in fact is quite difficult to manufacture. Why is that? To make a this diameter with paper thin webbing to meet the weight requirement a challenge. How do you hold the part when machining? Cutting tool forces can easily deflect or bend the part. How do you maintain a pilot diameter that is concentric with the gear pitch for such a thin light weight part?
Extremely Light Weight
Very thin webbing, concentric pilot bore with six bolt holes to secure the gear to the solar array shaft.
Gear products of this type are difficult to produce without very specialized machinery and highly skilled people.
This particular gear is made of stainless steel. It is accurate to 0.01mm or ten microns. Weight is 700 grams (1.5 lbs)
Gear has been is deep space for over ten years now.
Typical Product Use
A few areas where you can find these or similar products in use are listed below:
- Missles & Rockets
- Defense & Commercial Aircraft
- Unmanned Aircraft, Drones
Custom Design Capabilities
Special Samples: USA production facility maintains a reserve capability to design, machine, and develop prototypes for custom application requirements.
Questions: Our engineering team is always looking for a challenge.