Spaceflight Motors, Gearboxes, Actuators and Mechanisms

Welcome to Rocketstar Robotics, a company of individuals with unparalleled experience in the design and manufacture of spacecraft actuators and mechanisms for high profile, mission critical spaceflight applications.

Consulting Services

Space Interferometry Mission
Space Interferometry Mission is currently being
supported by engineering consulting services
provided by Rocketstar Robotics

Spacecraft mechanisms often represent a high risk to mission success. This risk is often unnecessary and can be avoided with the assistance of experienced engineering talent. Rocketstar Robotics has over 70 years of combined spaceflight mechanisms design, analysis and manufacturing experience available to help our customers reduce risks while meeting their goals. Our engineering talent is well known throughout the industry, currently supports some of the largest spacecraft manufacturers and is available for consultation.

Rocketstar Robotics uses modern industry recognized tools for engineering design and analysis and can provide engineering talent on-site or remotely.


Rocketstar Robotics provides  a broad spectrum of spacecraft mechanisms design capability including:

  • Conceptual Design (2D layouts and 3D models)
  • Detailed Design (detailed drawings)
  • Gear Design
  • Mechanisms Design
  • Motor and Actuator Design
  • Trade Studies
  • Support of Design Reviews (as presenters and reviewers)
  • Mentoring
  • Specification Writing
  • Proposal Writing


Analytical capability along with experience is critical to minimizing design risk.  Rocketstar Robotics can provide the following analytical capabilities:

  • Gear Analysis per AGMA Standards
  • Stress Analysis (FEA and closed form)
  • Ball Bearing Analysis
  • Motor Analysis
  • Fastener Analysis
  • Tolerance Analysis
  • Lubrication Loss Analysis
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Mass Properties
  • Dynamic Analysis

manufacture and Test

Manufacturing is often an area where design issues or manufacturing issues can result in delays and increased schedule risk.  Rocketstar Robotics talent has decades of experience in working with vendors and in-house assembly and test issues to streamline the manufacturing process.  Areas of manufacturing support we can provide include:

  • Machined Component Manufacturing
  • Gear Manufacture
  • Motor Manufacture
  • Custom Bearings
  • Cleaning Processes
  • Lubrication Processes
  • Assembly Processes
  • Test Procedure Development
  • Material Review Board Support
  • Failure Analysis
  • General Manufacturing Support