Olsen Actuators and Drives to Showcase SuperNova Servo Drive at Space-Comm Expo 2024

Olsen Actuators and Drives to Showcase SuperNova Servo Drive at Space-Comm Expo 2024

Olsen Actuators and Drives, one of the leading manufacturers and providers of COTS, customized and bespoke space-certified motion control products will introduce its SuperNova servo drive at Space-Comm Expo 2024, to be held in Farnborough from 6-7 March.

The event, which gathers space, aerospace, defense, downstream and upstream industries highlights the end-to-end supply chain for products, services, and applications focused on the commercial future of space.

The SuperNova builds on the success of high-performance servo drive manufacturer and our technology partner, ESI Motion’s NOVA servo drive. Servo drives are a key component in space systems that translate low-power command signals from the controller into high-power voltage and current to the motor. They are essential for motion control.

The SuperNova, which can control most types of space-rated motors, has inrush protection and a brake driver and is packaged in a rugged case that does not require additional cooling. The radiation-hardened controller takes the power available in a dual-axis configuration and adds more power along with multiple options of feedback while still providing one of the smallest servo drives for space applications on the market today.

Olsen Actuators and Drives and ESI Motion can customise the SuperNova solution for specific project requirements enabling customers to access the solution they need without having to create a bespoke solution in-house.

Based in the northwest of England, at the internationally renowned Daresbury Laboratory, Olsen Actuators and Drives is increasing its share in the space market. The company, which has established European distribution channels, is already participating in UK space projects.

Established in 2004 by Piers Olsen, an engineer with over 30 years of experience, the company delivers complete solutions in precision technical markets and is renowned for its customer-focused delivery of electro-mechanical systems across a variety of industries including health, pharmaceuticals defense, and aerospace and testing, and simulation.

The company’s leading range of solutions are available with radiation-hardened components and space-specific specifications to speed up design, testing, and integration.

As the space industry transitions to next-generation satellites, launchers, and multi-orbits, it is important that component manufacturers can respond to the very unique needs of space players and enable them to reduce time-to-market.

"The space sector is constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, leading to innovations that can benefit other industries and society as a whole," said Piers Olsen, CEO, of Olsen Actuators and Drives. "Our aim is to supply space engineers with carefully sized actuators and drives that are best matched to the required application. We’re here to offer advice and opinion on best practices and available technologies and the option of a complete solution. Whether it’s a single actuator or a sophisticated control system, our wide application experience means that we are well-placed to serve this dynamic and highly innovative sector with powerful, fast, flexible, and compact solutions."

Visit Olsen Actuators and Drives at stand E31 at Space-Comm Expo 2024.

Click here to learn about the SuperNova Actuator for Low Earth Orbit Applications.

Click here to view other Space-Qualified Actuators listed on SatNow.

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Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


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GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


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Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


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Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


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NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013