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19th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium
Online - Organised by ESA.
20th - 24th September, 2021

As a result of the unprecedented situation in the world with regards to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic ESA has taken the decision to move ESMATS to an on-line symposium for 2021. This will of course mean a whole new way of organising the symposium and its associated training courses but the health and safety of the world’s Mechanisms community is clearly more important. Whilst there are encouraging signs with vaccines becoming available, which are now being formally approved and released for general public use, the organisational effort required to roll out vaccines on a scale significantly greater than anything that has previously been tried in world history have yet to be fully realised. Therefore, the decision has been taken to move the symposium on-line in order that we could guarantee the 19th edition of the ESMATS symposium could be held with certainty.

Since its inception in 1983 ESMATS has come to be recognised as the premier vehicle for Mechanisms Engineers, experienced and new recruits, to come together to discuss and celebrate their successes and failures, with a view to pooling their knowledge for the betterment of this unique community and the European Space industry as a whole.

ESMATS’s reputation as the lead event dedicated to Space Mechanisms Engineering generates an ever growing interest. The number of participants from numerous countries and multiple continents wishing to present their papers during the symposium, companies and institutions interested in presenting their capabilities as exhibitors, as well as attendees who come to observe, learn, and network, has been steadily increasing over the years, reaching over 300 in Munich in 2019.

We hope that moving the symposium on-line and taking advantage of virtual conferencing facilities will enable it to reach engineers old and new, opening untapped new areas of conversation and cooperation by offering a unique chance to bring together the experience and heritage of well-established players with the fresh enthusiasm and potential of Space industry newcomers.

For over 30 years the Symposium has been held as a bi-annual event, alternating with its sister conference in the USA – The Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium. As current organizers we are eager to preserve this tradition by holding the 19th ESMATS in late September 2021. Like in the previous years, there will also be training courses accompanying the symposium.

Because of the change to on-line symposium, the 2021 symposium will  only take place in the afternoons from the 20th to the 24th September, 2021, with the training sessions during the week before the symposium and also in the morning before the symposium sessions.

To allow better coordination with working environment and international online participation, the usual 2.5 day event will be held on-line on 5 afternoons each from 14:00 to 18:00 CEST. An online tool “LetsGetDigital” will be used to host the conference and you should experience an event remotely as though you were there in person. It will therefore include check-ins, break times, face2face meetings and also a Virtual Lobby offering the possibility to network with face2face meetings that can bring partners and Exhibitors in contact with participants.

Concerning the Symposium content itself, as a speaker / presenter, you will get a digital stage and participants will be able to interactively engage in sessions.

More info about this on-line tool can be found on

For those wishing to attend any of training courses please view the training section of the website. As mentioned the training courses will be held during the week before the symposium and in the mornings before the afternoon symposium sessions. There are several separate training courses all covering specific aspects of Space Mechanism design.

The planned training courses are:

  • Space Tribology Course (STC) by ESR Technology (ESTL)
  • Advanced Mechanisms Design Course (AMDC) by ESA/ESTEC
  • Space Vehicles Mechanisms Course (FSVM) by Launchspace
  • Compliant Mechanisms Design Course (CMDC) by CSEM (TBC)


Who Attends

ESMATS usually attracts more than 250 space mechanism designers and engineers, space scientists, equipment suppliers, specialist facility and service suppliers, satellite project and programme managers globally to engage and knowledge-share on key challenges and topics in current and future Space programmes.

Organisations that sent delegates to previous ESMATS include:

Aerospace & Advanced Composites GmbH
Airbus Defence and Space
APCO Technologies
Arquimea Ingenieria
ATG Europe
Avior control Technologies
BEI Precision Systems & Space Division
CASA Espacio
CDA InterCorp
Cedrat Technologies
Cerobear GmbH
CGS SpA (Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio)
Chemring Energetic Devices
Cobham Motion Control Solutions
Codechamp SA
COMET Ingenierie
DSO National Laboratories
Eaton – Cooper Interconnect
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
ESI Bilbao
ESR Technology
Exxelia – Eurofarad
Falck Schmidt Defence Systems
Fundacion CTA
Harmonic Drive
IK4 – Tekniker
Karl Rejlek GmbH
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace
Korea Aerospace University
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Lodz University of Technology
Lucerne University of Applied Science & Arts
Lulea University of Technology
Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy
MDA Corporation
Metal Estalki, S.L.
Moog, Inc.
NEA Electronics
NIMESIS Technology
OHB System AG
Polish Aerospace
Purdy Engineering
QinetiQ Space
Reliance Precision Ltd
Rockwell Collins Deutschland GmbH
RUAG Space
Russian State Scientific Center for RTC
SCS Aerospace Group
Selex ES Spa
Sensitec GmbH
Sierra Nevada Corp
Southwest Research Institute
Space Research Center
Space Systems/Loral
Surrey Satellite Technology Limited
Swiss Space Center
Techspace Aero
Thales Alenia Space
Tubitak Space Technologies Research Institute
Turkish Aerospace Industries
Universidad de Alcala
Universidad del Pais Vasco
University of Liege
University of Toronto
Yanshan University