Robust components for aerospace engineering

In aerospace and related disciplines, such as space observation, component reliability and robustness are especially important. Our energy chains and cables represent 60 years of experience with high-performance polymers. That is why they are installed in aerospace applications all over the world. Areas of use include space telescopes and rocket launch pads. Thanks to our engineering team and with certified chainflex cables, we also offer ready-to-connect complete systems that are tailored to meet your needs.
igus bearing and guide technology products allow high load capacities to be achieved in harsh environments. Application examples include space exploration vehicles such as the Mars Rover and model and prototype construction in research & development.

Benefits of igus products:

  • Available individually with no minimum order quantity or as a complete solution from a single source
  • Materials for a wide variety of environmental conditions
  • Predictable service life
  • Lubrication-free and low-maintenance
  • Fast delivery and easy assembly
  • Worldwide 24/7 service

Areas of use

Roque de los Muchachos observatory

Space observation

Rocket launch

Space shuttles, rockets and launch pads


Satellites and ground stations

Mars Rover

Space exploration

Space exploration: rocket calculation


Selected motion plastics for aerospace technology

E4Q e-chain

Large energy chains

  • e-chains with high stability and rigidity for use with high loads
  • Lightweight and easy to assemble
  • Smooth, quiet operation

R4Q e-tube with metal chips

Closed energy chains

  • Sealed, robust energy chains for protection against dust, chips and dirt
  • Can be opened and filled quickly
  • Quiet operation

chainflex bus cable

Bus cable

  • Fail-safe bus cables for movement
  • Available for a number of well-known bus systems (Profibus, Ethernet, USB and others)
  • 36-month guarantee

chainflex fibre optic cables

Fibre optic cables

  • Fibre optic cables for many cycles and high speeds and accelerations
  • Non-metallic and resistant to coolant  and oil
  • 36-month guarantee

iglidur X plain bearings with or without flange

Plain bearings for high temperatures

  • Temperature-resistant from -100°C to +250°C in continuous operation
  • Fulfils FAA fire protection requirements for equipment and fittings inside aircraft

igubal KCRM rod end bearing

Rod end for high loads

  • Suitable for temperatures from -40°C to +90°C in long-term use
  • Resistant to corrosion and chemicals
  • Maintenance-free dry operation

Our products in practical use

AIMIS-FYT student project: 3D printer for space

3D printing in outer space

Transporting structural parts such as solar panels and satellite antennae to space is inefficient and expensive. The AIMIS-FYT team of students from Munich are working on ways of manufacturing such parts in space by means of 3D printing. To conduct experimental tests in zero gravity, the team built a special 3D printer. The drive technology uses drylin SAW linear axes. They are lightweight and entirely maintenance-free.

Space ejection module by the UB-SPACE student project

Innovative ejection mechanism in rockets

A 3D printed nut made of iglidur J260 tribofilament® and a tribo-tape polymer liner made of iglidur V400 are being used in an ejection mechanism for a rocket. The ejected object, or "free-falling unit" (FFU) records data about its orbital movement. The liner on the interior rocket wall ensures that the FFU does not tilt during ejection.

Overview of aerospace applications

...and many further success stories

In this selection of more than 40 application examples, you can find out how our energy chains and bearing products are used in aviation and aerospace, where they fulfil different requirements. Here, it was necessary to overcome challenges such as high loads, extreme temperature differences, confined spaces or specifications requiring low weight.