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16th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2015

Bilbao, Spain - 23rd to 25th September 2015

17th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium, 2017

Is being organised by Airbus Defence and Space Ltd and will be held in Hertfordhire, United Kingdom - 20th to 22nd September 2017
Full details can be found on the symposium website ESMATS 2017

Aims and Scope

Attracting space scientists, mechanism designers and engineers from all over the world, the aims of the symposium are:
  • To foster a dialogue between space mechanisms engineers on the design, development, testing, production and in-flight experience of spacecraft and payload mechanisms to encourage personal contacts in the mechanisms and tribology community
  • To provide a networking opportunity as well as a presentation platform for companies and organisations
  • To encourage the transfer of technology to and from space applications
  • To promote awareness that space opportunities afford sustainable industrial growth

Organising Committee

ESMATS Organising Committee members from left to right:

Standing: Lionel Gaillard, Enrico Suetta, Reiner Barho, Carlos Compostizo, Henk Cruijssen, Manfred Falkner, Oliver Kunz, Christian Dupuy, Xavier Francois, Jean-Luc Bozet, Simon Lewis, Johan Murer
Inset: Ed Boesiger, Volker Gass

ESMATS Committee
Name Affiliation
(Function in ESMATS 2015)
Lionel Gaillard ESA/ESTEC
Reiner Barho Airbus Defence and Space Germany
Ed Boesiger Lockheed Martin
(US Coordinator)
Jean-Luc Bozet Université de Liège Belguim
Xavier Francois Thales Alenia Space France
Carlos Compostizo SENER
Henk Cruijssen Dutch Space The Netherlands
Christian Dupuy CNES France
Manfred Falkner ESA/ESTEC Netherlands
Volker Gass Swiss Space Center Switzerland
Oliver Kunz RUAG Space Switzerland Switzerland
Simon Lewis ESTL-ESR Technology UK
Johan Andreas Mürer Kongsberg Defence Aerospace Norway
Enrice Suetta Selex Galileo Italy
André Borrien CNES
(Honorary member)
Hans Hintermann Retired
(Honorary member)
Emyr Roberts ESTL-ESR Technology
(Honorary member)

Symposium Themes

The areas listed below are expected to be the major themes for the Symposium. Papers presenting hardware and covering these areas, coming from European and non-European entities, are specifically encouraged. Though all abstracts submitted will be given due consideration.
  • Mechanisms Design, Analysis, Hardware and Testing
    • Lessons learned from qualification and in-orbit operation
    • Descriptions of novel and challenging designs
    • New methods for design, analysis and testing of mechanisms
    • Design Guidelines, high reliability
    • Design/manufacturing/verification for high-volume production
    • Design for disturbance attenuation, low shock, low noise performance
  • Components/Equipment, Micro/Nano devices
    • Motors, actuators, transmission devices, bearings
    • Hold-down/release, deployment, pointing, scanning, high-precision devices
    • Wheels, mechanical coolers, pumps, valves, solar array drive mechanisms, etc.
    • Sensors, miniaturisation of space mechanisms, MEMS, micro/nano developments
  • Tribology and Materials
    • Lubricants and lubrication for bearings, gears, joints, electrical contacts
    • Application of smart materials in mechanisms
    • Extreme temperatures, environments, and operating conditions
    • New tribo-materials and /or surface modification, micro/nano-tribology
  • Launch Vehicles
    • Separation systems, engine/propulsion regulation, gimballing devices
    • Turbopumps, cryogenic tribology
  • In-Orbit Performance and Post-flight Investigations
    • Experience with flown hardware, including reports on in-flight mechanism performance and anomalies, lessons learned
    • Post-flight investigation of mechanisms and tribological components
  • Science Observatories, Earth Remote Sensing, and Planetary Exploration Mechanisms
    • Mechanisms for manipulations, robots, rovers
    • Sampling systems and in-situ analysis devices
    • Mechanical devices for science and remote sensing instruments
  • Space Platforms, Tethers, Re-entry Vehicle Mechanisms
    • Mechanisms for re-entry vehicles and the International Space Station
    • Long-term mechanism operation and maintenance in space

History of ESMATS

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