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

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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.

    http://exonauts.blogspot.com/2011/07/one-final-mission-ad-astra.html

    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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