Flight Control Actuation

Customers worldwide trust in the reliability and performance of Kearfott actuators for mission critical applications. Our flight control actuators rely on the proven performance of our motion control component technologies, which enables rapid development while minimizing program schedule and cost risk.

UAV
Missile
Autopilot

Proven Technologies

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  • Brushless PM DC
  • Induction
  • Synchronous and Stepper
  • Single and multi-speed resolvers
  • RVDT and LVDT
  • Power stage
  • Loop closure
  • Advanced control algorithms
  • Serial, ARINC, CAN
  • Anti-Backlash
  • Spur Power train
  • Differential and Planetary
  • Epicyclic / power hinge

UAV

Kearfott UAV actuator applications include primary and secondary flight control, landing gear and utility applications. Our adaptable actuators incorporate standardized motor, controller, sensor, and gearing technologies that are industry recognized for superior performance and cost effectiveness.
The renowned Kearfott K-2000 actuator has been in service since its introduction over 15 years ago, and has accumulated over 1 million flight hours, many of which have been in harsh-environment service. The unique low-profile design is well suited to today’s thin wing section / volume constrained requirements.
Kearfott’s full line of standard high performance UAV actuators include the higher power K3000, and the newly introduced micro-servo, introduced to meet the flight control demands of smaller, high performance UAVs. All of our UAV actuator solutions are designed to be quickly adaptable, and deliver superior performance in the smallest of envelopes.
  • Low profile, compact design
  • Environmentally sealed
  • Configurable communication protocol
  • Aerospace alloy and insulation materials
  • Fits where other actuators can’t
  • Reliable operation in extreme military environments
  • Proven base design with customizable options enables short lead times to meet tight schedules
  • Powerful and lightweight
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Missile

Kearfott missile control actuators and actuation systems are fielded in missile applications worldwide. They are used for thrust vector control, fin actuation, and for divert and attitude control. Kearfott custom designs its proven modules into unique packages for both discrete actuator applications and complete integrated tail kit solutions that typically include all axis and fin lock control.

  • Integrated frameless components
  • Advanced motor / motion control topology
  • Multi-use fin lock
  • Zero-backlash fin interface
  • Low friction drive disengagement
  • Multiple feedback options
  • Multiple communication protocols
  • Layered Built-in-Test (BIT) capability
  • Maximum performance in extreme thermal environments
  • Optimized weight through eliminating redundant structure
  • Re-settable / testable fin locks
  • BIT enhances mission reliability
  • High bandwidth
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Autopilot

Kearfott autopilot actuators represent the latest in fail-passive, smart actuation. Utilizing Kearfott’s proven motion control components including: digital motion control, electromagnetic spring release clutch, and brushless DC motor packaged in a low-profile (75in-lb of output torque with integrated fail safe clutch and weighing <4lbs).

  • Low profile, compact design
  • Environmentally sealed
  • Configurable communication protocol
  • Aerospace alloy and insulation materials
  • Fits where other actuators can’t
  • Reliable operation in extreme military environments
  • Proven base design with customizable options enables short lead times to meet tight schedules
  • Powerful and lightweight
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