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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

16th ESMATS Sponsors

european space agency - esa

European Space Agency

philea lander at 67PThe European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

Formed in 1973, when a Ministerial Conference in the Hague approved a highly ambitious space programme to carry the European space effort into the new millenium.

Since the last ESMATS, ESA has overseen the successful launches of Gaia, Sentinel 1A and Swarm; Rosetta was awoken from its deep space hibernation in January 2014; continued with Europe's commiment to the ISS with successful ATV missions and overseen additional launches of the 2 new launchers from Kourou: Vega and Soyuz.

ESA continues in its role of establishing Europe as a major player in the space community.

ESA has 20 Member States; Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Canada also sits on the Council and takes part in some projects under a Cooperation Agreement. Hungary, Estonia, Latvia and Slovenia are participating in the Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS), while other countries are in negotiation with ESA about joining this initiative.

ESA's purpose shall be to provide for, and to promote, for exclusively peaceful purposes, cooperation among European States in space research and technology and their space applications, with a view to their being used for scientific purposes and for operational space applications systems:
  • by elaborating and implementing a long-term European space policy, by recommending space objectives to the Member States, and by concerting the policies of the Member States with respect to other national and international organisations and institutions;
  • by elaborating and implementing activities and programmes in the space field;
  • by coordinating the European space programme and national programmes, and by integrating the latter progressively and as completely as possible into the European space programme, in particular as regards the development of applications satellites;
  • by elaborating and implementing the industrial policy appropriate to its programme and by recommending a coherent industrial policy to the Member States.



CNES - Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales

Founded in 1961, the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France's space policy in Europe.

Its task is to invent the space systems of the future, bring space technologies to maturity and guarantee France's independent access to space.

CNES is a pivotal player in Europe's space programme, and a major source of initiatives and proposals that aim to maintain France and Europe's competitive edge.

It conceives and executes space programmes with its partners in the scientific community and industry, and is closely involved in many international cooperation programmes—the key to any far-reaching space policy.

The agency's more-than 2,400-strong workforce constitutes an exceptional pool of talent, with some 1,800 engineers and executives, 35% of whom are women.

Through its ability to innovate and its forward-looking vision, CNES is helping to foster new technologies that will benefit society as a whole, focusing on:
  • access to space
  • civil applications of space
  • sustainable development
  • science and technology research
  • security and defence

Website: - CNES


ESTL - European Space Tribology Laboratory

ESR Technology, with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA), operates the European Space Tribology Laboratory (ESTL), Europe's focus for expertise in space tribology.

Keeping Space moving through quality solutions to friction and wear.

ESTL specialises in providing solutions to friction, wear and lubrication issues relating to the precision mechanisms that operate in the vacuum environment of space, or in terrestrial vacuum applications. Over the past 35 years, ESTL has been involved in virtually every major European Space programme, with no known failures in orbit.

ESTL delivers solutions by offering a flexible combination of specialist products and services:
  • Tribology – we have many years of tribological data from which we have developed processes and design tools. We also provide consultancy and training
  • Testing – we have years of experience performing thermal vacuum and tribometer tests and regularly undertake life, qualification and acceptance testing for our customers. ESTL is an ESA-approved test house
  • Lubrication – we provide a range of high quality and space qualified solid and liquid lubrication products
  • Mechanisms – we offer a design support capability as well as a high quality mechanism component and subassembly build service. We also supply niche mechanical components to other mechanism suppliers
  • Transfer – we transfer these specialist technologies developed for space into terrestrial vacuum markets such as the medical and semiconductor industries
ESTL - ESR Technology Ltd
Whittle House
410 The Quadrant
Birchwood Park
Warrington WA3 6FW

Tel: +44 (0)1925 843499
Fax: +44 (0)1925 843497

ESTL is part of ESR Technology Ltd


KDA - Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace

Space Technology and Systems

Kongsberg Defence&Aerospace (KDA) space activities were established in 1990 and covers:
  • Space engineering: Design, manufacture, AIT and qualifies systems for space
  • Core technologies: Space mechanics, electronics and electro-optics
  • Major supplier in Norway for up-stream space market
  • Customers in Europe and the US
The space group within KDA consist of a core group of about 50 employees with support of the Defence Systems large group of engineer and facilities including cleanrooms, TV chambers, shock and vibration and EMC chambers. Main marked segments are within launcher technology:
  • Attachment and release mechanisms for Ariane 5 boosters
  • Nozzle deployment system for Vinci engine
  • Optical systems for pyro release
and satellite technology:
  • Mechanisms (SADMs and APMs)
  • Control/Drive electronics
  • Electro-Optical instrument systems
Adaptive Rotational Mechanism Assembly
Rosetta SADM KARMA 4 P
Adaptive Rotational Mechanism Assembly
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Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS
Kirkegĺrdsveien 45
P.O. Box 1003
NO-3601 Kongsberg

Tel: 47 32 28 82 00
Fax: 47 32 28 86 20

ruag space

RUAG Space

As the largest independent supplier of space technology in Europe, RUAG Space develops, manufactures and tests subsystems and equipment for satellites and launch vehicles. From our locations in Switzerland, Sweden and Austria RUAG's space division offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services for institutional and commercial space missions. Heritage and flexibility as well as outstanding reliability have made RUAG Space a long lasting partner of choice for satellite and launcher primes worldwide.

RUAG Space Switzerland

RUAG Space is the leading space company in Switzerland. Companies and sites that are now part of RUAG have shaped Swiss space activities from the very start, for example, as part of the Ariane programme. Since the inception of the programme, RUAG Space has been responsible for the development and manufacture of payload fairings, which protect satellites on the nose of the launch vehicle from the forces to which they are exposed on their journey into space. In the 1960s, long before the first Ariane lifted off from Kourou, work on the first European satellite, ESRO-1, and the high-altitude research missile Zenit, marked Switzerland's initiation into space flight.


RUAG Space GmbH, being the largest space company in Austria, had started its activities in the space market in 1983 and has since then been focusing on supplying space products and related ground support equipment in the areas of electronics, mechanics and thermal hardware. In the field of electronics RUAG Space Austria makes good use of its long experience in signal processing. Flight-electronics has been successfully supplied to a large number of European and US satellite programs. In the field of mechanical engineering, RUAG Space Austria?s product spectrum extends from Mechanical Ground Support Equipment to Mechanisms for satellites and launchers. Additionally, proven capabilities in Thermal Systems have resulted in a leading position on the space and non-space market.

A substantial number of successful contributions to European, US and Asian space missions have established the company's reputation as an acclaimed international partner. Today's product portfolio is based on the following areas of expertise:
  • On-board Electronics, particularly Digital Signal Processing
  • On-board Mechanisms, particularly Pointing and Deployment Mechanisms
  • Thermal Hardware, particularly Multilayer Insulation
  • Mechanical Ground Support Equipment, particularly Containers and Trolleys


The participation of Switzerland in the European Space Agency (ESA) is the foundation on which an effective and reliable space industry was able to develop. Today RUAG Space has more than 570 employees at its Zurich, Nyon and Emmen locations, developing and producing a wide range of products for the space industry. RUAG Space AB in Sweden specializes in highly reliable on-board satellite equipment including computer systems, antennas and microwave electronics and adapters and separation systems for space launchers. The company has a total of 383 employees. (December 2012) The headquarters and location for design and manufacture of digital electronics, microwave electronics and antennas is in Göteborg, Sweden (320 employees December 2012). Design and manufacture of launcher adapters, satellite separation systems, satellite structures and sounding rocket guidance systems is performed in Linköping, Sweden (63 employees December 2012).

RUAG Space
RUAG Schweiz AG
Schaffhauserstrasse 580
8052 Zürich
Phone +41 44 306 22 11
Fax +41 44 306 29 10

RUAG Space GmbH (Wien)
RUAG Space
Stachegasse 16
1120 Wien
Phone +43 1 80199 0
Fax +43 1 80199 6950

Solhusgatan 11
SE-412 76 Göteborg
Phone +46 31 735 0000
Fax +46 31 735 4000



The 2015 16th ESMATS is being organised by SENER and will be held at the Euskalduna Jauregia Conference Centre, Bilbao, Spain between the 23th and 25th September 2015. SENER, one of Europe's most successful space mechanisms companies, are based in Bilbao and have been prominent supporters of ESMATS since its inception in 1983.

Important Dates:

24th Sep, 2014:

1st announcement, call for papers

Download 16th ESMATS flyer

2nd Feb, 2015:

Deadline for abstract submission

13th Apr, 2015:

Authors notification, Preliminary Programme & Registration Opens
ESMATS/STC Registration

15th Jun, 2015:

Second Announcement/ Final Programme

17th Jul, 2015:

Deadline for Papers & Authors registration

21-22nd Sep, 2015:

ESTL Space Tribology Course (STC)

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Download Paper Template

21-22nd Sep, 2015:

Launchspace Mechanisms Design Course

22nd Sep, 2015:

Registration for ESMATS (16:00 to 18:00)

23rd Sep, 2015:

Registration for ESMATS (after 8.00am)

23-25th Sep, 2015:

ESMATS 2015 - Symposium

27th Sep, 2015:

Departure after lunch or optional visit (TBA)

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