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


Space Tribology Course (STC) – 2 Day Training Course

16th & 17th September 2019, Eurostars Grand Central Hotel, Munich.


For 2019, ESR Technology (ESTL  – European Space Tribology Laboratory) presents a two-day version of its highly respected Space Tribology Course. This training course will be held on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th September 2019 at The Eurostars Grand Central Hotel, Munich, Germany.

The Space Tribology Course provides a comprehensive overview of the many issues relating to friction, lubrication and wear of spacecraft mechanisms and their components and draws from data generated from ESR Technology (ESTL) 47 years as Europe’s independent centre of excellence for space tribology.

The course will cover the following subjects:

  • Fundamentals of Tribology – in which tribological concepts are introduced and the special considerations for space and vacuum tribology highlighted.
  • Tribo-component Design and Performance – in which an overview of the different types, characteristics and performances of tribo-components (ball bearings, gears, plain and ball/rollerscrews, etc.) used in spacecraft applications is provided. This includes a detailed presentation of considerations for design, selection and load capacity verification of ball bearings for space applications.
  • Materials for Tribo-Contacts – in which an overview of the main categories of materials and their use in spacecraft tribo-components and surfaces is presented.
  • Lubrication of Spacecraft Components – Topics include
    • Selection of Lubricant types
    • Solid Lubrication – Coatings
    • Solid Lubrication – Self Lubricating Materials
    • Fluid Lubricants – Selection and Performance
  • Handling and Testing Tribo-components – covering handling and preloading bearings and testing tribo-components and mechanisms
  • ESR Technology (ESTL) Case Histories and Lessons Learned – presenting a selection of the (sometimes painful!) lessons learned on various programmes. The course is presented by experienced staff from ESR Technology (ESTL) with over 50+ combined years of space tribological experience and will be valuable both for younger engineers entering the industry and for the more experienced who may wish to refresh or challenge their tribological understanding.

All attendees will receive:

  • A hard copy of the presentation slides
  • A  personal electronic copy of the presentation slides

In addition, delegates from entities  registered in the ESA Member and Co-operating states (ONLY) will be given electronic (web based) access to the latest issue of our ‘Space Tribology Handbook’, ‘Guidelines for Space Mechanism Ball Bearing Design, Assembly and Preloading’, and can elect to register for access to many other ESTL technical reports.

Subject to completion of a qualifying declaration, delegates from entities registered in the USA may receive access to the latest issue of our “Space Tribology Handbook” (ONLY).

Registration and Fees:

Registrations  for our Space Tribology Course in Munich are now closed.  However, if you have any queries about this course or future opportunities to attend similar courses, or if you would like us to make an offer for an in-house version of the Space Tribology course at your premises, please contact Simon Griffin (, or Tel: +44 (0)1925 843499 or Mobile: +44 (0)7968 707493).

The fee to attend this course is €900  plus VAT (German rate, currently 19%) rising to €950 after midnight (CET) 31st July 2019. Coffee breaks and a light lunch will be provided but delegates will need to organise their own travel and accommodation.

Note that the Space Tribology Course (STC) is not part of ESMATS 2019 or ESA’s Advanced Mechanism Design Course (AMDC), and delegates wishing to attend STC must register for the course, accept the appropriate terms on data protection according to the course provider ESR Technology (ESTL) and pay the additional fee (plus VAT).

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Further details about future course dates, location, duration and pricing are available on request. Tailored courses and discounts are available for group bookings.

For Further Information Contact:
ESTL – ESR Technology Ltd

ESTL is part of ESR Technology Ltd



Simon Griffin
ESR Technology Ltd
202 Cavendish Place
Birchwood Park

Telephone: +44 (0)1925 843499

Advanced Mechanisms Design Course (AMDC) – 2 Day Training Course

16th & 17th September 2019, Eurostars Grand Central Hotel, Munich.

Following on from the successful single day AMDC at ESMATS 2017 in Hatfield, ESA and ESTEC are proud to announce a new extended 2-Day training course on ‘Advanced Mechanisms Design’ on the 16th and 17th September at The Eurostars Grand Central Hotel, Munich.

The ‘Advanced Mechanisms Design’ training course provided by ESA and ESTEC experts from the mechanisms section will focus on the design of Space mechanisms while covering the following topics:

    • ESA Mechanisms ECSS
    • Motors for space applications
    • Ball bearing technology for space application
    • Space gears
    • Sensors for space mechanisms
    • Tolerances and assembly
    • Hold-down and release mechanisms, including contact analysis
    • Motorisation margins, including spring driven actuators specifics
    • Accelerated Life testing
    • Reliability/statistics on mechanisms
    • Microvibration
    • Pyroshock assessment
    • Advances dynamics simulations
    • Long term storage
    • Vibration analysis and tests
    • Hardware post test inspection pass / fail criteria Model philosophy and test
    • Space mechanisms system engineering
    • New emerging requirements / design drivers for space mechanisms and
    • Some Case studies and lessons learnt

Besides providing detailed knowledge and possible solutions, this course also intends to give some practical information in order to make Space mechanisms designers aware of the typical pitfalls when designing Space mechanisms.

It is indeed believed that helping Space Mechanisms engineers to anticipate problems (or have a proper understanding of the problems) shall also help them to make the best possible choices in order to later avoid encountering unexpected problems and having to solve them in a reactive manner, that would have a tremendous effect in the cost and schedule of the development.

This course is targeted at Space Mechanisms Engineers which already have some experience (couple of years) in Space mechanisms design.

Please note that due to the nature of the information that will be provided, this course can only be provided to delegates from entities registered in the ESA Member and Co-operating states (ONLY).  Applications from delegates from outside registered ESA member states and Co-operated states may be considered on a exceptional basis. Should they be permitted to attend they cannot take pictures nor have access to the electronic copy of the Hand-outs.

Registration and Fees:

Delegates will be able to register for this two (2) day course on the ESMATS 2019 web site via the ESMATS registration page. The course tuition fee will be €950  plus VAT (currently 19%). Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided but delegates will need to organise their own travel and accommodation.

Note that the Advanced Mechanisms Design Course (AMDC) is not part of ESMATS 2019 and delegates wishing to attend AMDC must register for the course and pay the additional fees prior to attendance.

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Space Mechanisms Course (SMC) – 2 Day Training Course

16th & 17th September 2019, Eurostars Grand Central Hotel, Munich.

launchspacelogo2 Following the successful introduction of the course at the 2015 ESMATS, on Monday and Tuesday, September 16 and 17, 2019, Launchspace is providing a special edition of its basic space vehicle mechanisms course in the same location as ESMAT 2019.

NOTE: This course is not part of ESMATS 2019 and a separate attendance fee is required.

This course explores the technologies required for the successful design of moving mechanical assemblies in the space environment and offers a detailed look at many of the key components common to most mechanisms, such as ball bearings, motors and feedback devices. With this background, the high-performance materials required for operation in space are reviewed, emphasizing compatibility with the space environment and offering some background in the metallurgy, chemistry, and fabrication of those materials. Examples of some of the many types of mechanism will be included for illustration. In addition, the mechanisms relationship and interfaces with other vehicle systems will be explored, as a mechanism usually becomes an important part of the vehicles structural, thermal, contamination, survivability, and pointing subsystems.

The course includes design and analysis examples to demonstrate principles involved in understanding how mechanisms should work, and how design margins should be evaluated during the evolution of a programme.


Bill Purdy

The instructor for the course is Bill Purdy. He has 25 years of hands-on experience in the space engineering field with wide-ranging involvement in both spacecraft mechanisms and systems engineering disciplines. Mr. Purdy has been one of the leaders of the space mechanism industry’s transition from explosive release mechanisms to non-explosive devices. His involvement in numerous space endeavors includes key roles on over 25 successfully flown spacecraft. In addition he has worked on over 30 flown mechanisms including gimbals, release mechanisms, deployables and many other types of mechanisms. As an educator and space industry consultant to both government and industry, Mr. Purdy applies this broad experience to bring out a clear understanding of space mechanisms, their resolution and integration and their relationship to the overall system program success. Mr. Purdy was the Associate Editor of the industry-standard handbook Space Vehicle Mechanisms – Elements of Successful Design and the author of the chapter on non-explosive release mechanisms. He has published seven Aerospace Mechanisms Symposia Papers and was the 1999 winner of the Herzl Award.

Registration and Fees:

This course will be held on the 2 days prior to the ESMATS 2019 Symposium so that delegates can amalgamate attendance of this course with attendance at the ESMATS Symposium. It is currently planned that the course will be held in Eurostars Grand Central Hotel.

This course is not part of the ESMATS 2019 Symposium and a separate fee is payable for delegates attending this course in addition to ESMATS 2019. Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided but delegates will need to organise their own travel and accommodation.

Registration for this course is available though the Launchspace website

Launchspace Mechanisms Design Course Tuition
US$995 including complete course materials and Certificates of Completion.


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Details about other Launchspace courses can be found on the Launchspace website

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Launchspace Address:

8029 Rising Ridge Road
Bethesda, MD USA 20817