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 […]
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.
The Opportunity mission landed on Mars on January 25, 2004—before we had Facebook, YouTube and the iPhone. It was the fifth mission to Mars carrying a rover, a small motor vehicle that travels across the surface of the planet looking for past or present signs of life on Mars, testing the climate and geology of Mars, and preparing for future […]