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18th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium
Munich, Germany – Hosted by OHB
18th-20th September 2019


Aim & 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

Affiliation (Function in ESMATS 2019)
Lionel Gaillard
ESA/ESTEC (Chairman)
The Netherlands
Markus Thiel
OHB Systems AG (Co-Chairman)
Reiner Barho
Airbus Defence and Space
Ed Boesiger
Lockheed Martin (US Coordinator)
Jean-Luc Bozet
Université de Liège
Carlos Compostizo
Henk Cruijssen
Airbus Defence and Space
The Netherlands
Christian Dupuy
Manfred Falkner
The Netherlands
Xavier Francois
Thales Alenia Space
Gilles Feusier
Oliver Kunz
RUAG Space
Simon Lewis
ESTL-ESR Technology
United Kingdom
Johan Mürer
Enrico Suetta
SELEX Galileo

Key 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, Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration and Testing
      • Lessons learned from qualification
      • Descriptions of novel and challenging designs
      • New methods for design, analysis, simulations 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 and high performance 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, long term storage
      • New tribo-materials and /or surface modification
      • Tribology for micro/nano-tribology
    • Launch Vehicles
      • Separation systems, engine/propulsion regulation, gimballing devices, turbopumps
    • 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

Year Location Proceedings
1983 Neuchatel, Switzerland ESA SP-196
1985 Schloss Meersburg, Germany ESA SP-231
1987 Madrid, Spain ESA SP-279
1989 Cannes, France ESA SP-299
1992 Noordwijk, The Netherlands ESA SP-334
1995 Zurich, Switzerland ESA SP-374
1997 Noordwijk, The Netherlands ESA SP-410
1999 Toulouse, France ESA-SP-438
2001 Liege, Begium ESA-SP-480
2003 San Sebastian, Spain ESA-SP-524
2005 Lucerne, Switzerland ESA-SP-591
2007 Liverpool, United Kingdom ESA SP-653
2009 Vienna, Austria ESA SP-670
2011 Constance, Germany ESA SP-698
2013 Noordwijk, The Netherlands ESA SP-718
2015 Bilbao, Spain ESA SP-737
2017 Hatfield, United Kingdom ISBN 978-90-827435-0-0
2019 Munich, Germany On-line only, not formally published.
2021 Online, WWW On-line only - not formally published
2023 Warsaw, Poland On-line only - not formally published