Story of the family business whose gears are inside the Mars rovers


6 Responses to “Story of the family business whose gears are inside the Mars rovers”

  1. Aaron Swain says:

    Thank you for sharing this!  I really think that precision manufacturing could (should, even) be the future for American production companies.  Seeing stuff like this makes me smile…

  2. Jay CSC says:

    My grandfather made parts for space shuttle Columbia. I did a write up about it when Atlantis was getting underway for the last orbiter mission.

    It’s great to see family businesses are still making important contributions to the space program!

  3. tsol says:

    They didn’t build that.

  4. Bryon Settle says:

    Love to see more about the process.

  5. The process is pretty simple, great machines and great testing equipment.  Of course none of that means much without a great culture and Fred always put that first.  I worked there 16 years ago for a summer and I still marvel at how well he could get completely different personalities and temperaments (if you’ve been in a gear/machinists shop – you know it ain’t easy) together to work for the best product on the market.  
    For many years after I really REALLY wanted to beg entry back into the shop and record all the sounds on the floor for some kind of mix – the chorus would be Fred saying, “AGMA Class 12″. His enthusiasm when he said it was genuine – he really believed in awesome. Seems he still does.

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