15th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2013

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

14th ESMATS sponsors

european space agency - esa

European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

Formed in 1973, when a Ministerial Conference in the Hague approved a highly ambitious space programme to carry the European space effort into the new millenium.

1st soyuz launch from kourou Since the last ESMATS, ESA has overseen the successful launches of Metop-B, MSG-3, continued with Europe's commiment to the ISS with the successful ATV-3 mission and the qualification launches of 2 launchers from Kourou; Vega and Soyuz.

ESA continues in its role of establishing Europe as a major player in the space community.

ESA has 19 Member States; Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Canada also sits on the Council and takes part in some projects under a Cooperation Agreement. Hungary, Poland, Estonia and Slovenia are participating in the Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS), while other countries are in negotiation with ESA about joining this initiative.

ESA's purpose shall be to provide for, and to promote, for exclusively peaceful purposes, cooperation among European States in space research and technology and their space applications, with a view to their being used for scientific purposes and for operational space applications systems:

Website: www.esa.int


ESTL - European Space Tribology Laboratory

ESR Technology, with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA), operates the European Space Tribology Laboratory (ESTL), Europe's focus for expertise in space tribology.

Keeping Space moving through quality solutions to friction and wear.

ESTL specialises in providing solutions to friction, wear and lubrication issues relating to the precision mechanisms that operate in the vacuum environment of space, or in terrestrial vacuum applications. Over the past 35 years, ESTL has been involved in virtually every major European Space programme, with no known failures in orbit.

ESTL delivers solutions by offering a flexible combination of specialist products and services: Contacts:
ESTL - ESR Technology Ltd
Whittle House
410 The Quadrant
Birchwood Park
Warrington WA3 6FW

Tel: +44 (0)1925 843499
Fax: +44 (0)1925 843497
Email: simon.griffin@esrtechnology.com

ESTL is part of ESR Technology Ltd


KDA - Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace

Space Technology and Systems

Kongsberg Defence&Aerospace (KDA) space activities were established in 1990 and covers: The space group within KDA consist of a core group of about 50 employees with support of the Defence Systems large group of engineer and facilities including cleanrooms, TV chambers, shock and vibration and EMC chambers. Main marked segments are within launcher technology: and satellite technology:
Adaptive Rotational Mechanism Assembly
Rosetta SADM KARMA 4 P
Adaptive Rotational Mechanism Assembly
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Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS
Kirkegĺrdsveien 45
P.O. Box 1003
NO-3601 Kongsberg

Tel: 47 32 28 82 00
Fax: 47 32 28 86 20
e-mail: kda.office@kongsberg.com
Website: http://www.kongsberg.com

ruag space

RUAG Space

As the largest independent supplier of space technology in Europe, RUAG Space develops, manufactures and tests subsystems and equipment for satellites and launch vehicles. From our locations in Switzerland, Sweden and Austria RUAG's space division offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services for institutional and commercial space missions. Heritage and flexibility as well as outstanding reliability have made RUAG Space a long lasting partner of choice for satellite and launcher primes worldwide.

RUAG Space Switzerland

RUAG Space is the leading space company in Switzerland. Companies and sites that are now part of RUAG have shaped Swiss space activities from the very start, for example, as part of the Ariane programme. Since the inception of the programme, RUAG Space has been responsible for the development and manufacture of payload fairings, which protect satellites on the nose of the launch vehicle from the forces to which they are exposed on their journey into space. In the 1960s, long before the first Ariane lifted off from Kourou, work on the first European satellite, ESRO-1, and the high-altitude research missile Zenit, marked Switzerland's initiation into space flight.


RUAG Space GmbH, being the largest space company in Austria, had started its activities in the space market in 1983 and has since then been focusing on supplying space products and related ground support equipment in the areas of electronics, mechanics and thermal hardware. In the field of electronics RUAG Space Austria makes good use of its long experience in signal processing. Flight-electronics has been successfully supplied to a large number of European and US satellite programs. In the field of mechanical engineering, RUAG Space Austria?s product spectrum extends from Mechanical Ground Support Equipment to Mechanisms for satellites and launchers. Additionally, proven capabilities in Thermal Systems have resulted in a leading position on the space and non-space market.

A substantial number of successful contributions to European, US and Asian space missions have established the company's reputation as an acclaimed international partner. Today's product portfolio is based on the following areas of expertise:


The participation of Switzerland in the European Space Agency (ESA) is the foundation on which an effective and reliable space industry was able to develop. Today RUAG Space has more than 570 employees at its Zurich, Nyon and Emmen locations, developing and producing a wide range of products for the space industry. RUAG Space AB in Sweden specializes in highly reliable on-board satellite equipment including computer systems, antennas and microwave electronics and adapters and separation systems for space launchers. The company has a total of 383 employees. (December 2012) The headquarters and location for design and manufacture of digital electronics, microwave electronics and antennas is in Göteborg, Sweden (320 employees December 2012). Design and manufacture of launcher adapters, satellite separation systems, satellite structures and sounding rocket guidance systems is performed in Linköping, Sweden (63 employees December 2012).

RUAG Space
RUAG Schweiz AG
Schaffhauserstrasse 580
8052 Zürich
Phone +41 44 306 22 11
Fax +41 44 306 29 10

RUAG Space GmbH (Wien)
RUAG Space
Stachegasse 16
1120 Wien
Phone +43 1 80199 0
Fax +43 1 80199 6950

Solhusgatan 11
SE-412 76 Göteborg
Phone +46 31 735 0000
Fax +46 31 735 4000

Website: www.ruag.com

sener aerospace


In Space, SENER has developed from its beginnings mechanisms and mechanical systems that cover almost all the needs of the Flight Segment. Moreover, SENER supplies essential items for completing successful missions, such as Attitude or Control Systems (AOCS) and Guidance, Navigation and Control systems (GNC). All this is backed up with technical solvency, successfully proven with more than 25 satellites and spacecrafts currently operating with SENER equipment on board. In fact, SENER has a major history of meeting deliveries, with which it has achieved a reputation for quality and reliability in Space.

In its 40 years, SENER has supplied over 250 units and systems for 49 satellites without a single failure. The company has taken part in ESA and NASA missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope, Columbus, Envisat, Rosetta, Meteosat, Herschel and Planck, Metop, Mars Science Laboratory or GAIA, as well as commercial missions such as Hispasat, Spainsat or XTAR-EUR. Mention should be made of its being the first Spanish company to win a European Space Agency (then the ESRO), tender in 1967, to design and build the rocket targeting and launch tower in Kiruna (Sweden).

Supplier of equipment for space flight

SENER takes part in most ESA space programs as a recognized supplier of mechatronics and complex mechanical systems. SENER’s catalogue includes a series of components such as high-precision rotary or linear actuators, a family of deployment and speed regulators and a wide range of fixing systems. Moreover, SENER is one of the main suppliers of complete electro-mechanical systems for different space applications such as deployment systems for antennae, masts and pointing and scanning mechanisms. Some examples of these programs are SOHO, CLUSTER, HELIOS, ENVISAT, MSG, METOP, ROSETTA, BEPI-COLOMBO, SOLO, etc.

SENER also develops, manufactures and tests mechatronics for specific applications such as blinds, focusing systems, filter wheels or high accuracy micro-positioning systems for different missions such as HUBBLE TELESCOPE, METEOSAT SECOND GENERATION, GAIA, SENTINELs. MTG. Its experience in the area of structures makes SENER a supplier of complex structural systems for key programs, such as METEOSAT SECOND GENERATION, ROSETTA, GAIA, COLUMBUS or EXOMARS. SENER designs and produces electronic control systems, including control software for all types of mechatronics and explosive release units for separation mechanisms that are working on many space instruments and systems, such as ENVISAT-MIPAS or HISPASAT.

Las Arenas (Vizcaya)
Avda. de Zugazarte 56
ENTRANCE Cervantes, 8
48930 Las Arenas (Vizcaya) – Spain
Tel. +34 944 817 500
Fax +34 944 817 501
Website: www.sener-aerospace.com


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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