Researching and developing movement-based systems for European space missions
The Mechanisms Section (TEC-MSM) is responsible for space mechanisms, actuators, deployment systems, high-stability pointing and scanning, tribology, gradiometry, miniaturised mechanical devices and mechanical micro-nano technology.
The Mechanisms Section is the centre of competence for all matters related to space mechanisms and tribology.The Section deals with requirements specifications, design, analysis, manufacturing and testing of :
Within its realm of technical competence, the Section performs the following activities:
- actuators, motors and drive systems and their sensor, control and electronic components;
- deployment systems for solar arrays, masts and antennae;
- pointing and scanning mechanisms;
- hold down, release and separation systems;
- reaction and momentum wheels;
- tribology for space mechanisms;
- means for passive and active compensation of micro-vibration and noise;
- accelerometers and gradiometry devices;
- miniature mechanical and electromechanical devices;
- mechanical micro-nano technology;
- mechanisms for robotics (arms, grippers, articulated joints);
- mechanical devices operating at cryogenic and hot temperatures;
- planetary exploration tools (anchoring, scooping, drilling);
- mechanical elements for launcher, re-entry and landing systems (load attenuation devices, valves, seals, turbopump bearings, parachute systems, landing gears, etc.).
For the conduct of these activities, the Section
- provision of specialised support to feasibility and project-definition studies, preparatory programmes and approved projects;
- participation in the definition and execution of the Agency's technology programmes, including provision of relevant inputs for the technical contents, harmonisation and industrial policy;
- contribution to the overseeing activities of the Technical and Quality Management Directorate through participation in project reviews and evaluation of procurement packages;
- technical liaison with users and project groups and other organisational bodies in and outside the Agency, coordination with other ESA and national developments and monitoring of applicable technology development trends;
- promotion of technologies of high performance host ratio to enhance the competitiveness of European industries in the field of space mechanisms;
- establishment and promotion of design and engineering standards for space mechanisms.
- co-ordinates, where applicable, the requirements of technology elements in its domain of competence with the overall requirements of systems being developed under the responsibility of other D/TEC divisions;
- maintains state-of-the-art expertise;
- defines, maintains and operates multi-body dynamics simulation and other specialised mechanical, servo-control computational tools;
- ensures the management coordination of the European Space Tribology Laboratory, ESTL.
Last update: 18 January 2011
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