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Conference Programme for ESMATS 2011: The 14th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium
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14th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2011

Constance, Germany. 28th / 30th September 2011

Conference Programme

26th - 27th September 2011 : STC

ESTL Space Tribology Course (STC) (not part of ESMATS) will also be held in the Steigenberger Inselhotel. Led by experienced space engineers, the course draws on the heritage of ESTL in the field of Space Mechanisms, Advanced Tribology and Space Lubricants. The course covers solid and liquid lubrication, material selection for space applications, gear and bearing design, qualification testing and many other aspects related to the selection of materials and components for space applications. Course participants also receive a copy of the Space Tribology Handbook.

Symposium Programme.

Tuesday 27th September
17:00 - 19:00 Pre-Registration at the Steigenberger Inselhotel, Constance
17:00 - 19:00 Exhibitors installation
Wednesday 28th September
07:30 - 08:45 Authors Breakfast at Steigenberger (Presenters and Session Chairmen Session 1-4)
08:00 - 08:45 Registration at the Steigenberger Inselhotel, Constance
08:00 - 09:00 Exhibitors Installation
Symposium Opening: H.J. Jung (Astrium GmbH, D)
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome, General Information, Programme

H.J. Jung, Local Organiser of 14th ESMATS

09:10 - 09:30 Welcome Speaches
G. Migliorero
(Chairman, Head of ESA Mechanisms Section, NL)

C. Stavrinidis
(Head of ESA Mechanical Engineering Department, NL)

A. Borrien
(Co-Chairman, CNES deputy sub-director for spacecraft technologies, design, and integration, F)
09:30 - 10:00 Verification of Mechantronic Components on ISS
K. Landzettel
(Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)
Session 1: Pointing & Scanning Mechanisms (1)
Chair: J. Murer (Kongsberg, N)
10:00 - 10:20 The PICARD/SODISM Pointing Mechanism: From the Design to the Flight Performances
M. Meftah, A. Irbah, R. Le Letty, E. Ducourt, G. Poiet (CNRS, INSU F); A. Bataille (Cedrat, F); M. Privat (CNES, F)
10:20 - 10:40 The Development of a Multi-Purpose Thruster Orientation Mechanism
B. Wood, E. Gasparini, W. Buff, A. Skulicz (RUAG Space, CH)
10:40 - 11:00 MTG Scan Mechanism Predevelopment: Design & Performance
J. Vinals, F. Valls, J. Lozano (Sener, E); F. Faure, Th. Blais (Astrium SAS, F); H. Langenbach (Astrium GmbH, D)
11:00 - 11:30Coffee break
Session 2: Instrument Mechanism (1)
Chair: P. Coste (ESA-ESTEC, NL)
11:30 - 11:50 Development of a Pressure Relief Valve for ALADIN
P. Guay, E. Blondé, O. Lecrenier (Astrium SAS, FR)
11:50 - 12:10 Highly Dynamic & High Precision Self Balanced Optical Mechanism
A. Pagčs, F. Bourgain, C. Benoit (CEDRAT, F); C. Castéras, J.P. Hébert, P. Guay (CNES F)
12:10 - 12:30 Development of the Scene Select Mechanism for the Thermal InfraRed Sensor Instrument
J. Budinoff, , J. Schepis, A. Matuszesky, R. Barclay (NASA GFC, USA); K. Bergandy (OSC, USA)
12:30 - 12:50 SENTINEL-2 Multi-Spectral Instrument Calibration and Shutter Mechanism
J.A. Andión, X. Olaskoaga (SENER, E)
12:50 - 13:50Lunch
Session 3: Tribology (1)
Chair: G. Munro (ESTL, GB)
13:50 - 14:10 Optimal Design of Ball Bearing Retainers Using Taguchi Methods and Bearing Dynamic Analysis
K. Maniwa, T. Nogi, K. Natori, S. Obara, (JAXA TSC, J)
14:10 - 14:30 Tungsten Containing Hydrogenated DLC Coatings on Grease Lubricated Harmonic Drive Gear for Space Application
H. Zhou, J. Zheng, R.-p. Sang, L.-m.-c. Yang, (CAST LIP, RC)
14:30 - 14:50 Ball Bearing Testing in Support of MTG IRS Instrument
M.J. Anderson, M. Cropper, R.W. Ireland (ESTL, GB); C. Ehrhart (Astrium GmbH, D); H.J. Luhmann, M. Falkner (ESA-ESTL, NL)
14:50 – 15:10 Modern Self-Lubricating Composites for Space Applications: PGM-HT & Sintimid 15M
M. Buttery, B. Wardzinski, K. Houton (ESTL, GB)
15:10 - 15:30 Poster session / Coffee break
Session 4: Locking, Separation & Deployment (1)
Chair: C. Casteras (CNES, F)
15:30 - 15:50 Qualification of GAIA Deployable Sunshield
I. Pinto, E. Urgoiti, I. Gabiola, V. Balmaseda, J. Ramirez (SENER, E)
15:50 - 16:10 Alternative Design Approach for the LISA LTP Locking Assembly
M. Schmid, G. Wernlein, Ingo Köker (Astrium GmbH, D)
16:10 - 16:30 Validation of a Space Vehicle Docking with the International Berthing & Docking Mechanism and a KUKA Robot
M. Hardt, C. Mas, A. Ayuso, D. Cocho (SENER, E); L. Mollinedo (GMV, E); O. Gracia, P. Urmston (ESA-ESTEC, NL)
17:00 - 22:00 Cocktail reception and Symposium Dinner at Dornier Museum
Important Notice:
Due to the short time frame from the end of the session to the departure of the busses (30 minutes), participants will have only limited opportunity to return to their hotels to change clothes or to deposit your belongings. So be sure that you are ready for departure of the busses at 17:00. You can leave your belongings at the Symposium desk. The symposium desk will be open after the event to retrieve your belongings. The busses will cross the lake via ferry (15 minutes). You can leave the bus while on the ferry. Please ensure that you are back in the bus before the ferry docks.
Thursday 29th September
07:30 - 08:45 Authors Breakfast at Steigenberger (Presenters and Session Chairmen Session 5-8)
Session 5: Instrument Mechanism (2)
Chair: G. Szekely (RUAG Space, CH)
09:00 - 09:20 MSG Scan Drive Unit – FM5 Lessons Learnt
T. Combernoux, A. Blanc, F. Champandard (TAS, F); H.-J. Luhmann (ESA-ESTEC, NL)
09:20 - 09:40 Global Microwave Imager (GMI) Spin Mechanism Assembly Design, Development, and Performance Test Results
M. Kubitschek, S. Woolaway, L. Guy, C. Dayton, B. Berdanier, D. Newell (Ball, USA); J. Pellicciotti (NASA GSFC, USA)
09:40 - 10:00 Design and Development of the EarthCARE Broadband Radiometer Mechanism Assembly
G. Munro, M. Hampson, S. Lewis (ESTL, GB); M. Humphries (SapceMech, GB)
10:00 - 10:20 Preliminary Development of a Long-Life Contactless Power and Data Transfer Module for Next Generation Radiometry Devices
N. Cavan (SEA, GB); M.E. Humphries (SpaceMech, GB); S.D. Lewis (ESTL, GB)
10:20 - 10:40 Alignment and Testing of the NIRSpec Filter- and Grating Wheel Assembly
T. Leikert, T. Groß, H.-U. Wieland, K. Weidlich (Zeiss Optronics, D)
10:40 - 11:10 Coffee Break
Session 6: Mechanism Components (1)
Chair: C. Compostizo (SENER, E)
11:10 - 11:30 Development of a Noise-Free Position Encoding Device for Spaceflight Use
R. Nalbandian (Moog, USA); S. Berres (H&K, D)
11:30 - 11:50 Qualification of the SEPTA®24 High Power SADA
E. Gasparini, B. Heinrich, W. Weisenstein, A. Oriol (RUAG Space, CH)
11:50 - 12:10 Optimum Design of a Fault Tolerant Linear Electromechanical Actuator for the Lower Stage Thrust Vector Control of a Satellite Launch Vehicle
B. Biju Prasad, R. Sandeep, R. Aravind, Pradeep Kumar, U.J. Naik (ISRO, IND)
12:10 - 12:30 Thermal Vacuum Behaviour of a Stepping Piezo Actuator
C. Belly, F. Claeyssen (CEDRAT, F); M. Buttery (ESTL, GB)
12:30 - 12:50 Development of Bepi Colombo MPO Solar Array Drive Mechanism (SADA)
B. Heinrich, J. Zemann, F. Rottmeier (RUAG Space, CH)
12:50 - 13:50 Lunch
Session 7: Pointing & Scanning Mechanisms (2)
Chair: R. Barho (Astrium GmbH, D)
13:50 - 14:10 GAIA M2M Pointing Mechanism Qualification
C. Compostizo, R. López, L. Rivera (SENER, E)
14:10 - 14:30 Electric Propulsion Pointing Mechanism for Bepi Colombo
C. Neugebauer, P. Janu, R. Schermann (RUAG Space, A)
14:30 - 14:50 The Use and Advancement of an Affordable, Adaptable Antenna Pointing Mechanism
M. Ferris, N. Phillips (SSTL, GB)
14:50 - 15:10 Emergency Pointing Actuator (EPA) Release Mechanism of the Pointing Unit in the MERTIS Bepi Colombo Experiment
M. Rataj, R. Pietrzak, P. Wawer (PAS, PL)
15:10 - 16:10 Coffee break
Session 8: Tribology (2)
Chair: A. Wedler (DLR, D)
16:10 - 16:30 Piezo-Electric Linear Actuators in Vacuum
M. Buttery, R. Watters, E. Roberts (ESTL, GB)
16:30 - 16:50 The Use of Dry Lubricated Bearings in Reaction Wheels A. Haslehurst, S. Lewis (SSTL, GB)
16:50 - 17:10 Investigation of an Anomalous Failure of Bearing on a Fan within the Columbus Module of the ISS
G. Parzianello (ESA-ESTEC, NL); M. Schmid (Astrium GmbH, D); E. Roberts (ESTL, GB); O. Duforet (Soterem, F)
17:10 - 17:30 Advanced Mechanisms and Tribological Tests of the Hammering Sampling Device CHOMIK
J. Grygorczuk, M. Dobrowolski, L. Wisniewski, M. Banaszkiewicz, M. Ciesielska, B. Kedziora, K. Seweryn, R. Wawrzaszek (PAS-SRC, Pl); T. Wierzchon, M. Trzaska, M. Ossowski (WUT, PL)
17:30 - 17:50 Life Prediction of Fluid Lubricated Space Bearings: A Case Study
M. Palladino, L. Gaillard, (ESA-ESTEC, NL); J. Murer, S. Didierjean (KGA, N)
17:50 Free Evening or Oktoberfest

Friday 30th September
07:30 - 08:45 Authors Breakfast at Steigenberger (Presenters and Session Chairmen Session 9-10)
Session 9: Mechanism Components (2)
Chair: A. Haslehurst (SSTL, UK)
09:00 - 09:20 Characterization Results of a Novel Shape Memory Alloy and Pin Puller Mechanisms Based on this Technology
M. Collado, N. Nava, R. Cabás (Arquimea, E); J.M. San Juan (UPV, ES); S. Patti, J.-M. Lautier (ESA-STEC, NL)
09:20 - 09:40 New Concept of a Resettable Ultra Low Shock Actuator (RULSA)
O. Duforet, B. Bondualle (Soterem, F); G. Valembois, D. Dilhan (C&T, F); J. Sicre (CNES, F)
09:40 - 10:00 Original Elastomeric Dampers for the EXPERT Reentry Vehicle
T. Demerville (SMAC, F), P; Bastia, (TAS, I)
10:00 - 10:20 Advanced Slip Ring Solutions (ASR)
C. Courtois, M. Miler, A. Orio (RUAG Space, CH); H.J. Jung (Astrium GmbH, D); M. Fink (AAC, A)
10:20 - 10:40 Life Test of an Industrial Standard and of a Stainless Steel Harmonic Drive
J. Schmidt (Phytron); M. Schmid (Astrium GmbH, D)
10:40 - 11:10 Poster session / Coffee break
Session 10: Locking, Separation & Deployment (2)
Chair: E. Boesiger (LMSC, USA)
11:10 - 11:30 Locking Mechanism for IXV Re-Entry Demonstrator Flap Control System
D. Verhoeven, D. Renté (SABCA, B)
11:30 - 11:50 Telescopic Boom for Space Applications Engineering Model
L. Bourrec, L. Bernabé, V. Pires (COMAT, F); S. Tremolieres (CNES, F)
11:50 - 12:05 Design, Development and Testing of the GMI Reflector Deployment Assembly
L. Guy; M. Foster, M. McEachen (ATK, USA); J. Pellicciotti (NASA-NESC, USA); M. Kubitschek (Ball, USA)
12:05 - 12:20 Design, Development and Testing of the GMI Launch Locks
A. Sexton, C. Dayton, R. Wendland (Ball, USA); J. Pellicciotzi (NASA GSFC, USA)
12:20 - 12:40 Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Actuator Based Separation Device
M.-h. Lee, J.H. Son, H.S. Hwang, Y. Kim, B. Kim (KAU, KOR)
112:40 - 13:00 Mars Science Laboratory Robotic Arm
R. Billing, R. Fleischner (MDA, USA)
13:00 - 13:10 Closing Remarks and Announcement of ESMATS 15
13:10 - 14:10 Lunch
14:30 - 18:00 Bus leaves for Friedrichshafen


Posters 1: Components
P-01 Building Electric Motors for Space, with Redundancy and High Reliability
T. Hopper, M. Anders, C. Stuckmann (MACCON, D)
P-02 Cryogenic Motors for Herschel/PACS and James Webb/MIRI and NIRSpec
I. Arend, M. Schoele, U. Ruppert, Z. Szu¨cs (FUB, D)
P-03 Unlimited Resettable No-Shock Hold-Down and Release Mechanism
C. Laa, T. Nitschko, L. Supper, G. Traxler, J.-M. Lautier (RUAG Space, A)
P-04 Ultra Compact and Light Weight Micro Actuators Suitable for Space Applications
F. Kiesel, R. Degen (Micromotion, D)
P-05 A High-Precision, High-Reliability Binary Rotary Encoder Using Hall-Effect Sensors
S. Kottmeier, S. Müller, T. Schmidt, K. Zajac (HTS, D); M. Schmalbach (RUAG Space, CH)
P-06 Contactless Low Resolution Angular Sensor
T. Talvat, A. Grass, D. Gibard, P. Guay, S. Tremoličres (Codechamp, F)
P-07 Qualification Results of the Qualification Model of a Rotary Actuator Based on Shape Memory Alloy for Operation in Mars
F. Alvarez, M. Collado, N. Nava, R. Cabás (Arquimea, E)
P-08 Simulating and Analysing the Microvibration Signature of Reaction Wheels for Future Non-Intrusive Health Monitoring Methods
R. Hahn (HTS, D); R. Seiler (ESA-ESTEC, NL)
P-09 The INCAS Project: An Innovative Contact-Less Angular Sensor
F. Giacinto Nardone, A. Di Cintio (CGS, I); L. Ghislanzoni (C-Sigma, I); G.Parzianello (ESA-ESTEC, NL)
P-10 Adaptation of an Industrial High End Micro Switch for Space Applications
M, Schmalbach, M, Eigenmann, R. Lutz (RUAG Space CH)
P-11 Euclid Grism Wheel Assembly
M. Riva, F.M. Zerbi (INAF, I); M. Carty, J.C. Barriere, J. Amiaux, J-L Augueres, G. Durand (CEA, F); L.Valenziano (INAF IASF, I); L. Martin, E. Prieto (LAM, F); T. Maciaszek (CNES, F)
Posters 2: Pointing & Scanning
P-12 TAS Hall Effect Plasma Thruster Module Assembly
A. Blanc, A. Naulin, P.-M. Ageorges, F. Champandard, M. Lyszyk (TAS, F)
P-13 Development of a Fine Pointing and Trim Mechanism
A. Vuilleumier, M. Eigenmann (RUAG Space, Ch); A. Bergander (HTS, D); T. Blais (Astrium SAS, F); L. Scolamiero (ESA-ESTEC, NL)
P-14 Design and tests of the selected part of the Pointing Unit of the MERTIS/ BEPI COLOMBO experiment for mission severe environmental conditions
M. Rataj, R. Pietrzak, P. Wawer PAS (PL))
Posters 3: Locking Separation & Deployment
P-15 A Large Self-Deploying Structure Concept for Space Telescope Missions
R. Slade, C. Brown, (Astrium Ltd, GB)
P-16 Sentinel-1 HRM Shock Propagation
S. Schwarz, H. Kozilek, J. Kasper (Astrium GmbH, D)
P-17 Ultra-Light Deployment Mechanism (UDM) for Sectioned Large Deployable Antenna Reflectors
M. Eigenmann, M. Schmalbach (RUAG Space, CH); M. Schiller, T. Schmidt (HTS, D); L. Scolamiero (ESA-ESTEC, NL)
Posters 4: Instruments & Science
P-18 Development and Testing of Leg Assemblies for Robotic Lunar Lander
D. Ponnusamy, G. Maahs, (JHU, USA)
P-19 Development and Testing of Mechanism Technology for Space Exploration in Extreme Environments
T. Tyler (NASA-LRC, USA); G. Levanas (ASI, USA); M. Mojarradi (JPL, USA); P. Abel (NASA-GRC)
P-20 A Martian and Lunar very Broad Band Seismometer
S. Tillier, S. de Raucourt, P. Lognonné, T. Nébut, O. Robert, T. Gabsi, B. Lecomte, O. Pot, J. Gagnepain-Beyneix (IPGP, F); D. Mimoun (DEOS ISAE, F)
P-21 Development of a Two Hinge Shutter and Calibration Mechanism
M. Schmalbach, M. Eigenmann (RUAG Space, CH); T. Schmidt (HTS, D)

Social Events

28th September 2011
  • Cocktail reception and Symposium dinner starting 19:30hrs
    Location: Dornier Museum - see
    Buses will leave Constance at 17:00hrs and arrive at the museum at 18:30hrs.
29th September 2011
  • Thursday 29th is free for your convenience.
    Optional visit to the "Oktoberfest" in Constance ( including 1 drink and buffet dinner - Additional fee of €30 (incl. VAT) per person.
30th September 2011
  • Optional industrial visit to Astrium GmbH in Immenstaad or Zeppelin Wharf in Friedrichshafen (additional fee of +€9 incl. VAT). There will be a single coach provided going to Astrium and the Zepplin Wharf. Delegates will not be able to visit both Astrium and the Zepellin Wharf.

    The coach will leave the symposium conference centre at 14:30 hours and is restricted to 50 delegates. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and once all places have been taken the industrial visits will no longer be offered via the registration system. The visit duration will be around 1h 30 mins. After the visits the coaches can drop you at Friedrichshafen Airport (Astrium/Zeppelin visit) at 17:30 hours (approximately).

    The buses will return to the symposium conference centre after dropping people at the airport.

    The industrial visits are included in the symposium fee except for the additional €9 fee for the visit to the Zeppelin Wharf.


Lunch will be a buffet served in the area next to the Auditorium. Coffee breaks will be held in the poster and exhibition area.

Conference Programme

Evening Event in the Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen.

The busses will leave opposite to the Steigenberger at 17:00 and bring us via the ferry from Constance-Staad to Meersburg further to Friedrichhafen where we should arrive at 18:30 at the Dornier Museum ( We will have a cocktail reception on the terrace of the Dornier Museum facing the run-way of Friedrichshafen Airport.
You will have the possibility to visit the exhibition and learn about the history of the great pioneers Zeppelin and Dornier and to follow the history from the early days of building airships in Constance to the EADS site and their activities in Immenstaad today.

After the reception we will move into the hangar and will have a buffet dinner surround by and underneath of historical Dornier aircrafts.

We will be entertained by the Do-X band, our company big band. In order to better understand the historical importance of the industry and specifically of the airship/aircraft and supportive industry in Friedrichshafen we have invited a Professor of science history.
Ernst Peter Fischer has written a lot of books about science history and he will give us an entertaining talk entitled "FUTURE BY ENGINEERING – Past and Presence, Paradoxes and Progress".

The buses will bring us back via the Ferry to Constance at around 22:00.

Proposal for the evening of the 29th of September.

Due to availability of facilities we had to change the classical ESMATS programme of having the cocktail reception on the first evening and the symposium dinner on the 2nd. Now both events are on the first evening so that the participants are free on the 2nd evening (Thursday 29th). At that time of the year we do have a small copy of the "Oktoberfest" in Constance at the lake shore. At least inside the tents you should have a feeling like on the original Oktoberfest in Munich.

The local organisation can offer to those that would like to feel that atmosphere to make a reservation for you in one of the two tents. Clearly you can also just go there and try to get a place in a tent yourself and pay what you eat and drink.
The local organisation of the ESMATS just makes the reservation and will give you the voucher at the registration in the Steigenberger. So this is not an ESMATS group event like the dinner. In case of sufficient interest we will arrange to get a complete area reserved for ESMATS.

Company visits on September 30th combined with Transfer to Zurich or Friedrichshafen Airport

The organisation of the ESMATS2011 offers to participants and their partners some company visits on Friday afternoon combined with transfer to Zurich and Friedrichshafen airports and railway stations.

On Friday after Lunch 2 buses will be available:
Bus 1 will go to Friedrichshafen to the Astrium site Immenstaad and, in case of sufficient interest, will also go to the Zeppelin Airship Wharf - the 2 visits will be parallel, so both visits are not possible. At Astrium Immenstaad you will visit our Satellite integration centre where we will present:
  • Metop payload module
  • 2 Swarm Satellites
  • Sentinel 1 Antenna System
Alternatively the Zeppelin Wharf can be visited. We are very sorry that this visit cannot be offered in the frame of the participation fee, so tickets need to be ordered with your registration.

The bus will also go on demand to Friedrichshafen Airport at around 15:30 and 17:30 and Friedrichshafen rail station if requested (Time TBD).
Due to the size of the bus and the capabilities in Astrium the number of participants is limited to 50 persons. The bus will return to Constance and we expect the arrival at around 18:30.

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