Industry Space Days 2020

The European Space Agency (ESA) invites members of the space community to attend the Industry Space Days (ISD) at ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands) on 16th and 17th September 2020.

The eighth edition of the ISD is organised by the ESA SME Office to foster cooperation between different actors in the entire space sector.

Companies and organisations can attend:

  • pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings (B2B), a timesaving and efficient way to establish new contacts
  • an industry exhibition with 150 booths, allowing industry to showcase products, services and expertise
  • a wide range of conference presentations and workshops, featuring speakers from ESA, industry and Large System Integrators who share their views on business opportunities and market trends

Full details of the event can be found on the ESA website at

Electronic Materials and Processes for Space Workshop

11th Electronic Materials and Processes for Space Workshop
1st – 3rd September 2020, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

The effect of the space environment on the reliability of electronic materials and devices is of continuous concern and discussion. Therefore our knowledge needs to be continually expanded in order to improve the design, reliability and safety of launchers, spacecraft and space instruments. The key drivers for technology development are future mission requirements that are currently experiencing rapid advances in the performance requirements needed for scientific instruments. The selection of materials, processes and devices for future space missions must also anticipate the causes of environmental regulations (e.g. REACH, RoHS) and utilize cleaner technologies in order to mitigate the environmental impacts of space programmes.

More details can be found on the website devoted to EMEPS 2020

Space Optics Instrument Design & Technology

Space Optics Instrument Design & Technology
27 September – 3 October 2020
(SOIDT 2020)

Optical engineering for Space is a highly specialized profession in need of trained and experienced people. Technology evolution and market dynamics requires to stay up to date with new methodologies for the designing, manufacturing, and commissioning high performance Space optical instruments.

Pushed by this need, the European Space Agency (ESA) took, in 2015, the initiative to organize a course for professionals operating in the sector of optical engineering for Space. Two types of courses are organized: one dedicated to “Space Optics Instrument Design” and the other to “Space Optics Instrument Technology”. The two courses are organised alternatively, one per year. The course of 2020 is targeted to Space Optics Instrument Technology.

The team of lectures consists of professionals with a long standing experience in the sector. Their accessibility during the course, gives the participants a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge with one-to-one meetings aside of the planned lectures.

The venue hosting students and lecturers gives plenty of opportunities to develop a professional network. Sharing problems and discussing solutions is the way to build a community of optical engineers for Space to make the Space sector growing as a whole.

The course opening ceremony will take place on Sunday, 27th September at 18:00hrs

The detailed course curriculum and the course schedule can be found on the course website:

45th AMS – COVID 19 Update – 2nd April

Message from Ed Boesiger & Jonathan Wood,  AMS Organizing Committee Members, Lockheed Martin Space

Dear Aerospace Mechanisms Community,

As we stated in a previous email, we have decided to postpone the 45th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium in light of the COVID 19 situation.

So in this different year, we will hold it at a completely different time – The symposium will now be held 2 Dec through 4 Dec, 2020. The symposium program will be unchanged, except for some Holiday happenings around us. We hope you will be able to attend on this revised date. Please review the information below for additional details.  The website is quickly being updated with the new program and hotel links.


  • If you have not yet registered, and wish to attend, please visit and register for the symposium
  • If you have already registered, and still wish to attend, do nothing; your registration will remain in force
  • If you have already registered and can not attend, email We will provide a full refund with no cancellation charge through 1 May 2020

Hotel Reservations:

The symposium is being held at the same Omni Hotel as orginally planned.  If you have made a reservation for a room at the hotel, that reservation has been cancelled. Use the new hotel registration link ( provided at to create a new reservation. IMPORTANT: Your hotel reservation will not be moved by the hotel, you must cancel and re-book.


Classes will be moved as well. Please contact the class provider for more details on the specific class you registered for. Contact info for the classes can be found at


To our valued authors: If you are unable to attend the new date, please ask a co-author or colleague to present on your behalf. If you will not be able to attend, please contact or

Thanks for your cooperation. We wish you good health and safety during this uncertain time.

On behalf of the AMS committee,

Ed Boesiger & Jonathan Wood