esmats: past papers

esmats:european space mechanisms and tribology symposium

ESMATS is a bi-annual event held on alternate years in collaboration with its sister event in the USA - The Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium - the European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium, ESMATS, regularly attracts around 200 space mechanism designers and engineers, space scientists and satellite project and programme managers from around the world. The first ESMATS was held in Neuchatel, Switzerland in 1983 and since then has been hosted in a variety of European countries under the sponsorship of ESA (European Space Agency) and some of the major European satellite and space companies. Each symposium includes a full copy of the presented papers on CD.

The aims of the ESMATS symposium are:

esmats:past papers

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

Topics covered by the symposium are:
  • Space Mechanisms
  • Miniaturisation
  • Tribology
  • Science Instruments
  • In-flight Experiences and Lessons Learned
  • Deployment Mechanisms and Actuators
  • Launch Vehicle Mechanisms
  • Special Functions
  • Mechanism Test Programmes
  • Instrumentation
  • Lubrication
  • Tribology
  • Long life space mechanisms
  • Single shot space mechanisms
  • Low shock release devices
Past papers have covered Mechanisms such as:
  • Solar Array Drive Mechanisms (SADM)
  • Antenna Pointing Mechanisms (APM)
  • Reaction Wheels
  • Momentum Wheels
  • Pyrotechnic Release Devices
  • Non-pyrotechnic Release Devices
  • Boom Deployment Mechanisms
  • Dampers
  • Antenna Deployment Mechanisms (ADM)
  • Antenna Deployment and Trimming Mechanisms (ADTM)
  • Spring Ejection System
  • Spin-up Ejection Devices and Mechanisms (SUEM)
  • Clamp Bands
  • Filter Wheels
  • Actuators
  • Piezo Electric Motors
  • etc.. etc..
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 ESMATS are ESA 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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