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.