May 14-15, 2018 

Course – Space Vehicle Mechanisms: Elements of Successful Design

Approximate Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Registration Price: $895


Launchspace is providing a Special Edition of its internationally popular Space Vehicle Mechanisms course. This course explores the technologies required for successful space mechanisms design and offers a detailed look at many of the key components common to most mechanisms. The materials necessary to achieve high performance are discussed. Examples of the many types of mechanisms are included for illustration. In addition, the mechanisms relationships and interfaces with other vehicle systems are explored. The course includes design and analysis examples to demonstrate principles involved in understanding how mechanisms should work and how design margins should be evaluated during the evolution of a program.

Course Topics:

  1. Overview of how all types of mechanisms are used in spacecraft.
  2. Pointing Subsystems  
  3. Motors
  4. Feedback Devices
  5. Bearings and Gears
  6. Lubrication Fundamentals
  7. Release Systems and Deployment Systems
  8. Rotating Signal and Power Transfer Systems
  9. Electrical Interfaces
  10. Structural Dynamics
  11. Structural Metals
  12. Composite Materials
  13. Reliability and Simulation Techniques
  14. Contamination
  15. Radiation and Survivability


Continental breakfast and coffee/drinks during the day

Bound Presentation materials to take notes on


Bill Purdy has 22 years of hands-on experience in the space engineering field with wide-ranging involvement in both spacecraft mechanisms and systems engineering disciplines. Mr. Purdy has been one of the leaders of the space mechanism industry’s transition from explosive release mechanisms to non-explosive devices. His involvement in numerous space endeavors includes key roles on over 25 successfully flown spacecraft, work on over 30 flown mechanisms including gimbals, release mechanisms, deployables and many other types of mechanisms.  As an educator and space industry consultant to both government and industry, Mr. Purdy applies this broad experience to bring out a clear understanding of the space mechanisms, definition, resolution and integration of mechanism requirements and their relationship to the overall system program success.  Mr. Purdy was the Associate Editor of the industry-standard handbook Space Vehicle Mechanisms – Elements of Successful Design and the author of the chapter on non-explosive release mechanisms.   He has published many Aerospace Mechanisms Symposia Papers and was the 1999 winner of the Herzl Award.  Mr. Purdy holds a BSME from the University of Maryland.

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