15th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2013

Noordwijk, The Netherlands - 25th to 27th September, 2013

Aims and 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

ESMATS Organising Committee members from left to right:

Front: P. Guay, G. Migliorero, F. Artigas
Middle: M. Falkner, F, Champandard, D. Manzoni, E. Boesiger, A. Borrien, V. Gass
Back: J. Murer, H. Cruissen, M. Schmid, JL. Bozet, E. Roberts

ESMATS Committee
Name Affiliation
Gerard Migliorero (Chairman) ESA/ESTEC
Manfred Falkner (Co-Chairman) ESA/ESTEC
Fernando Artigas SENER
Ed Boesiger (US Coordinator) Lockheed Martin
Jean-Luc Bozet Université de Liège
Fabrice Champandard Thales Alenia Space
Henk Cruijssen Dutch Space
Volker Gass Swiss Space Center
Pascal Guay CNES
Simon Lewis ESTL-ESR Technology
Didier Manzoni RUAG Space
Johan Andreas Mürer Kongsberg Defence Aerospace
Emyr Roberts ESTL-ESR Technology
Manfred Schmid Astrium Satellites
Enrice Suetta Selex Galileo Avionica
Hans Hintermann Honorary member
André Borrien Honorary member

Symposium 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, Hardware and Testing
    • Lessons learned from qualification and in-orbit operation
    • Descriptions of novel and challenging designs
    • New methods for design, analysis 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 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
    • New tribo-materials and /or surface modification, micro/nano-tribology
  • Launch Vehicles
    • Separation systems, engine/propulsion regulation, gimballing devices
    • Turbopumps, cryogenic tribology
  • 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, Belgium 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


For its 30 year anniversary the 15th ESMATS will be will be held at the Theater de Muze, Noordwijk, The Netherlands on the 25th to 27th September 2013.

Important Dates:

1st Oct, 2012:

1st announcement, call for papers

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11th Feb, 2013:

Deadline for abstract submission

12th Apr, 2013:

Authors notification, Preliminary Programme & Start of Registration

4th Jun, 2013:

Deadline for Presenter's Registration

14th Jun, 2013:

Second Announcement/ Final Programme

18th Aug, 2013:

Deadline to Submit Full Paper

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23-24th Sep, 2013:

ESTL Space Tribology Course

24th Sep, 2013:

Pre-registration for ESMATS (after 17.00)

25th Sep, 2013:

Registration for ESMATS(8.30am)

25-27th Sep, 2013:

ESMATS 2013 - Symposium and Distribution of Proceedings

27th Sep, 2013:

Departure after lunch or optional visit (TBA)

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