ESMATS 2017: Thales presenting Space cryocooler breakthroughs
ESMATS has come to be recognised as the premier vehicle for Mechanisms Engineers, experienced and new recruits, to come together to discuss and celebrate their successes and lessons learnt, with a view to pooling their knowledge for the betterment of this unique community and the European Space industry as a whole. Organised and hosted by ESA and Airbus Defense and Space on a bi-annual basis, the 17th edition of the European Space Mechanism and Tribology Symposium took place at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on 20-22 September.
This year’s edition has been attended by over 300 delegates from all over the world, a record number for ESMATS. The paper submitted by Thales Cryogenics had been selected out of approximately 110 submissions for a live presentation during the event. The audience – including exhibitors like Airbus D&S, Thales Alenia Space, OHB System, UK Space Agency and many others – was updated on breakthrough developments that Thales Cryogenics is currently qualifying for use in its critical space satellite programs, focussing on the LPTC compressor for MTG and IASI-NG (METOP). In addition, the successful LSF9199/30 cryocooler was presented as a very robust cryocooler solution for cost-efficient space programs, delivering maximum value for money.