Micro linear actuators are especially practical when space is prime real estate. When it comes to the aerospace industry, this couldn’t be more true. In space exploration every crevice and compartment must be utilized as efficiently as possible while keeping added weight to a minimum. Micro linear actuators in aerospace save room on manned flights and are useful for exploration robots to perform tasks that are unsafe or unnecessary for astronauts.
Micro Linear Actuators in Aerospace
Small electric linear actuators use very little space and draw even less power. They are lightweight and easy to configure to perform a wide variety of functions.
Some broad examples of micro linear actuators in aerospace industry applications are:
- open/close valves
- control direction
- control tracking and panels
- open/close compartments
- secure locking systems
- seat adjustment systems
- robotic arms
- robotic extendable/retractable landing gear, telescoping and data collection equipment
- hidden storage compartments, consoles, tables and other creative space saving solutions
Because electric micro linear actuators cheap (when compared to other types of linear actuators) are also a practical solution for motion control on the ground for pre-flight research. For example:
- prototyping, testing and other experiments
- small parts assembly
- small parts maintenance
These are just few basic examples of how micro linear actuators in aerospace are instrumental in all aspects of space exploration and research. As technology and the aerospace industry advances, applications requiring small, precise motion control that don’t add much weight become more in demand. To learn more about NASA’s robotic’s developments and get involved, go to: https://robotics.nasa.gov/
Our micro linear actuators are designed for durability, precision and continuous use. They are built using only high-quality parts, including all-metal gearboxes and lead screws in ultra lightweight aluminium and ABS plastic housing, sealed to keep out debris. These electromechanical actuators are easy to install and operate with many different options for control capabilities.
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