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13th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2009

Vienna, Austria. 23rd-25th September 2009

ESMATS: The European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium

esmats 2009, Vienna poster This 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. ESMATS 2007 in Liverpool, England, attracted delegates from most of the countries of Europe, The United States, Japan, China, India, Brazil, Australia and Canada to name but a few. It will be the first time in its history since the ESMATS was originally held in Neuchatel, Switzerland in 1983 that this prestigious 3-day symposium will be held in Austria, where it is being hosted in the city of Vienna, organised by RUAG Space Austria.

As with previous years ESTL will be holding their Space Tribology Course (STC) at the same location on the 2 days prior to ESMATS. Delegates will be able to book both events through this web site with a single booking when it opens for registration in March 2009.
Palais Ferstel Vienna is a city known throughout the world as rich in music, art and culture. As the seat of the Holy Roman Empire until 1806 and many world famous rulers, Vienna has an international image dominated by magnificent buildings from the baroque era and the music of Mozart. As a location for the 3-day ESMATS 2009 event it has good air, road and rail links, as well as excellent venues and attractions for the symposium.
The Symposium will be held in the magnificent Palais Ferstel complex. Built by the young architect Heinrich von Ferstel between 1856 and 1860, Palais Ferstel is located in the heart of Vienna and once served as the Stock Exchange and the Austrian-Hungarian National Bank. Palais Ferstel has excellent in-house cuisine and offers first class service to all their guests.
Space Tribology Course delegates are encouraged to book early to be sure of a place (Registrations for 2007 STC closed early in 2007 due to being fully booked several weeks prior to the event) and also to assist the organisers in event arrangements.

ESMATS 2009 is being organised by RUAG Space GmbH and sponsored and supported by:

Forthcoming Space Mechanisms Symposia:

ESMATS 2011 The 40th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA: 12th - 14th May 2010
(click above to view announcement paper)

The Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium web site

ESMATS 2011 The 14th ESMATS will be held in Friedrichshafen
organised by EADS Astrium GmbH: 28th - 30th September 2011
(click above to view announcement paper)


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Important Dates:


1st announcement, call for papers

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Deadline for abstract submission

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Site opens for attendance registration


Authors notified of paper acceptance


2nd announcement and programme details


Deadline for paper submission


ESTL Space Tribology Course

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