AMS is a bi-annual event held on alternate years in collaboration with its sister event in Europe - ESMATS.
The Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium regularly attracts around 200 space mechanism
designers and engineers, space scientists and satellite project and programme managers
from around the world.
The Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium was the brain child of three men in the mid-1960s. William Shimandle of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory had
the consulting and summer services of Professor Richard Pefley from the University of Santa Clara. They were involved in a contract with
Lockheed Missiles & Space and Dr. George Herzl of Lockheed.
These three had a common interest in mechanisms. At the time, there was no technical society devoted to aerospace mechanisms, and recognizing
the need, they set out to do something about it. Dr. Herzl was the driving force to organize the AMS, and the first conference was held
at the University of Santa Clara. The symposia were initiated in 1966 by Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, and the University of Santa Clara to provide a forum for technological interchange among specialists active in aerospace
mechanisms. The response to the first AMS was inspiring, and after the second AMS it became necessary to find larger facilities.
In common with ESMATS the aims of the AMS are:
To foster a dialogue between space mechanism 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 for small and medium sized companies and for the transfer of technology to and from space applications
To promote awareness that space opportunities afford sustainable industrial growth
The papers are stored in pdf form and are free to download.
Topics covered by the symposium are:
Booms/Deployable structures/Erectable structures
EVA equipment/Astronaut equipment
Solar-array related mechanisms
Soil and particle collection mechanisms
Ground and Test Equipment
Utility (power,data,fluid) transfer/Umbilicals
These papers contain a wealth of information and experience relating to the topic of space mechanisms and
offer any designer of equipment in this field the opportunity to benefit from the shared knowledge.
The Proceedings of AMS are NASA copyright; but the content of the papers are the property of the
original authors. Third-parties are allowed to download the papers but are responsible
for contacting the individual authors and obtaining separate permission to use images or graphs from the
Extracts may be used in other publications provided they are properly cited and the
author(s) of the paper or papers acknowledged as the originators of the work.