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EtherCAT in space robotics06/2022 | The space industry is known for the fact that only the best is good enough for it: after all, applications in orbit have particularly high requirements with regard to reliability; and the environmental conditions during launch, operation and, if necessary, landing of space components are also extreme.
Therefore, the industry has mainly relied on technologies developed specifically for this case of application so far – and then again and again appropriate applications were found for these on Earth. However, this approach naturally leads to high development costs. For this reason, the space is increasingly taking the opposite approach: what has been successfully proved on Earth can also work in space. The prerequisite, of course, is that the technology meets the additional requirements of the industry. And this is how the suppliers of space robotics came to EtherCAT.
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