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.
Space shuttles, rockets and launch pads
Satellites and ground stations
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.
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.
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.