Forest City Gear, an industry-leading manufacturer of fine and medium pitch custom gears, is proud to have supplied over 100 gears for NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover. Forest City Gear manufactured gears for every actuator on the vehicle, from the wheel drive systems to the focusing the optics. All of the gear-driven motion systems that the […]
In early 2013, NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Curiosity Rover became the first robot ever to drill into the surface of Mars, penetrating the sedimentary bedrock to find evidence of wet environmental conditions from many centuries ago. More than 70 gears produced and manufactured by Forest City Gear helped actuate Curiosity's mobility systems and the robotic arm responsible for all critical drilling operations.
However, this wasn't the first time our gears had gone to Mars. We produced gears for the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers that landed in 2004 and operated well beyond their anticipated mission life.
You can even find our gears on the International Space Station, where there is no room for error. Our high-performance gears enable the operation of winch systems like winches and radio antenna drives. In fact, some of our best customers are our competitors who call on us when they need help producing the highest-quality gears.
Roscoe, Illinois – Forest City Gear has hired Bob McClain as Quality Assurance Manager to oversee the activities of the company’s world-class Quality Lab and manage all its company-wide quality systems for aerospace, medical and other precision gearing applications. Mr. McClain brings a wealth of quality program management experience and a deep familiarity with precision […]