The Luxembourg Space
Agency LSA supports AMPEX! LSA has been founded last year by the Minister of
Economics Etienne Schneider with the goal of supporting private institutions
and startups in space exploration. They give financial help to buy components
that are not possible to receive from any companies.
Maxon is a worldwide company founded in Switzerland. Its motors were already installed in 1997 on the NASA probe "Pathfinder" and in 2004 on the "Spirit", which both landed on Mars. That's why it means even more to us that Maxon sponsors AMPEX with a powerful DC motor and the belonging software.
Tuerk + Hillinger is a medium sized enterprise located in Tuttlingen that produces electrical heating elements, power-resistors and thermosensors. They sponsor AMPEX low voltage heating cartridges that are used for the spikes.
HA-CO is a production company for couplings, connecting shafts and machine elements. They sponsor AMPEX with rigid couplings to couple the DC Motor to the drill.
Löbke Federn is specialized in all kinds of springs. Therefore they sponsor our project with leaf springs of different thickness, which we will install in the drill head.
We are manufacturing parts that are not too complex at the Studiwerkstatt Aachen ourselves! The Studiwerkstatt provides all the tools and machines one needs to make his or her project reality.
With all the moving parts in our robot, choosing the right bearings was an important task. Luckily Igus had just what we needed and agreed to become one of our sponsors!