ams: past papers

ams:aerospace space mechanisms symposium

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:

ams:past papers

ams:past papers is a full text searchable index of the papers presented at:

Aerospace Mechanisms SymposiumLocationPublication Reference
(click for full list for year)
37th Aerospace Mechanisms SymposiumNASA, Johnson Space Center (2004)NASA /CP-2004-212073
38th Aerospace Mechanisms SymposiumWilliamsburg, Virginia (2006)NASA CP-2006-214290
39th Aerospace Mechanisms SymposiumHuntsville, Alabama (2008)NASA-CP-2008-2152520
40th Aerospace Mechanisms SymposiumCocoa Beach, Florida (2010)NASA/CP-2010-216272
41st Aerospace Mechanisms SymposiumPasadena, California (2012)NASA/CP-2012-217653
42nd Aerospace Mechanisms SymposiumBaltimore, Maryland (2014)NASA/CP–2014-217519
43rd Aerospace Mechanisms SymposiumSanta Clara, California (2016)NASA/CP-2016-219090


The papers are stored in pdf form and are free to download.

Topics covered by the symposium are:
  • Actuators/Motors
  • Aircraft-related mechanisms
  • Antennas
  • Booms/Deployable structures/Erectable structures
  • Bearings
  • Dampers/Brakes
  • Deployment devices/Hinges/Linkages
  • Drives/Gearing/Speed Reducers
  • EVA equipment/Astronaut equipment
  • Gimbals/Pointing/Servomechanisms
  • Scanner/Chopper/Mirror/Instrument mechanisms
  • Latches/Clamps/Docking
  • Release mechanisms
  • Robotics
  • Solar-array related mechanisms
  • Soil and particle collection mechanisms
  • Separation/Ejection/Satellite Despin
  • Ground and Test Equipment
  • Utility (power,data,fluid) transfer/Umbilicals
  • Tribology
  • Momentum/Reaction wheels
  • Miscellaneous

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.

*Copyright Notice*

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 papers.

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.








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