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, 2016-07-18

Bosch Rexroth provides hydraulic technology for the Jupiter mission

Bosch Rexroth hydraulic motors

Each Deep Space Network site has one, 70-meter (230-foot) diameter antenna controlled by Bosch Rexroth motors. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Bosch Rexroth provides A2FM45 hydraulic motors to control 70-meter diameter antennas on Deep Space Networks.

The time has come: Juno, NASA’s most ambitious mission to Jupiter, entered orbit on July 4, 2016, after a five-year journey that included an accelerating swing past Jupiter in which it became the fastest human-made object ever (165,000 mph). Juno passed just 2800 miles above Jupiter's cloud tops to begin the first of 37 orbits it will make over the next 20 months while it explores some of Jupiter’s most lingering secrets, including what is at Jupiter’s core, what drives its extreme magnetic fields, and how did this gas-giant world evolve at the creation of our solar system.

Uninterrupted communications with the spacecraft will be assured by the ground stations of NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN). The three 70-meter parabolic antennas are strategically located around Earth to receive data and images, and send control commands to Juno. The fine positioning of these antennas, made possible by Bosch Rexroth’s high-performance hydraulic motors, enables the high data transmission rates required to support Juno as it orbits Jupiter more than 1 billion kilometers (~1 light-hour) away.

About Bosch Rexroth

About Bosch Rexroth

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 31,100 associates generated sales revenue of approximately $5.99 billion (5.4 billion euros) in 2015. To learn more, please visit

About Bosch

Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs some 28,700 associates in more than 100 locations, as of April 1, 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $11.3 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, , and .

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of $78.3 billion (70.6 billion euros) in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” Additional information is available online at and , .

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