If small is beautiful, then the motors from a small company in central Switzerland can boast being that and much more. The tiny drive units from the maxon motor firm are not only small, but also powerful and have even found a niche for themselves on planet Mars.
Maxon motors make Mars mission mobile swissinfo
Swiss plan new mission to Mars swissinfo
While a United States spacecraft roams the surface of Mars, Swiss experts are involved in a new Mars mission being considered by the European Space Agency (ESA). Dubbed Sky-Sailor, the project involves designing a solar-powered plane that would fly around the red planet.