The Rosetta mission by the European Space Agency (ESA) has made history. By carrying out the seemingly impossible feat of placing a small spacecraft on the surface of a comet in November 2014, scientists now hope to gather information on how our Solar System was formed. FAULHABER, an independent family-run group of com-panies from Germany, plays a major role in this mission. The lander named Philae, which was dropped on the speeding comet, contains 14 drive systems designed by FAULHABER. The harsh conditions in space demand a great deal of the technology, since it had to survive a trip of ten years and more than six million miles through space.

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