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Low-Cost Motor Controller

Honeybee’s Low-Cost Motor Controller is designed to address the microsat and commercial space markets.

Optical Encoder

Honeybee needed an encoder with extremely high performance in a small form factor, and when we couldn’t find what we needed anywhere on the market we designed and built it ourselves.

Power & Signal Transfer

Of all the challenges involved in building a complex mechanism with relative moving parts, routing the electrical connections through that mechanism usually proves to be at the top of the list.

Actuators

Honeybee Robotics has been developing actuators for demanding space environments for over 25 years.

Volatiles Extractor

The Planetary Volatiles Extractor (PVEx) is an integrated ISRU architecture which combines excavation and volatile processing.

Embedded Sensors and Analyzers

Honeybee Robotics’ embedded sensors, embedded systems and analyzers benefit from our history as a systems integrator: we have extensive experience developing and integrating sensors for use outside the controlled environment of the lab.

On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Tools

In support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program, Honeybee created two unique flight subsystems.

The World Is Not Enough Demonstrates The Future of Space Exploration

The World Is Not Enough (WINE) is a concept for a new generation of spacecraft that takes advantage of In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) to explore space. WINE mines to extract water from planetary regolith, capturing the water as ice in a cold trap and heating it to create steam for propulsion.

PlanetVac Successfully Tested on Sub-Orbital Xodiac Rocket

PlanetVac, a pneumatic planetary sampling system developed by Honeybee Robotics, reached a milestone with a successful sample collection demonstration on the Masten Space Systems Xodiac rocket. The test, part of NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, sought to prove that PlanetVac could survive and perform attached to the foot of a spacecraft, including withstanding intense heat, vibration, and landing loads of a rocket touch-down.

Honeybee Robotics Solar Array Deployment System Performs Successfully

Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation today announced that its solar array deployment system has performed successfully on FORMOSAT-5, the most recent Earth observation satellite to be launched by Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO). The 475kg satellite reached sun-synchronous orbit on August 24, 2017.