Superconducting Magnetic Bearings

MAG SOAR’s superconducting levitation systems can provide low consumption solutions for contactless mechanical devices that must operate at very low temperatures like those mounted on space satellites or cryogenic systems and flywheel systems.

MAG SOAR´s superconducting magnetic bearings reach higher stiffness and higher load capabilities thanks to an innovative manufacturing process of the superconductors and an optimized magnet configuration.

Different models have been designed for different specific applications. The analysis and design process developed by MAG SOAR´s magneto-mechanical Engineers permits to dimension quickly the size, weight, and materials for customized requirements


Levisolator is creating a completely new support system based on magnetic bearings technology that would eventually be installed on the cryostat of ESA ATHENA mission, an advanced X-ray telescoped designed to address the Cosmic Vision gas structures. MAG SOAR leads a consortium with Universidad de Alcalá and the Universidade de Lisboa which is currently developing the Levisolator project.

The use of magnetic bearings in extreme temperature environments can be crucial to improve isolation, cleanliness and lifetime of the mechanisms and prevent wear or lubrication issues. This makes satellites and space telescopes the perfect candidates to benefit from the advantages provided by contactless magnetic systems.

Athena telescope development could be key in order to unravel some of the universe biggest mysteries such as how does ordinary matter assemble into large-scale structures or how do black holes grow and shape the Universe.