Cocoa Beach, Florida

May 12-14, 2010

Hosted by

National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Organized by the Mechanisms Education Association


This symposium is concerned with the problems of design, fabrication, test, and operational use of aerospace mechanisms. Emphasis is on hardware developments. The symposium provides a social and technical forum for personnel active in the field of mechanisms technology, as well as providing a source of information for others interested in this field. The symposium rotates among eight NASA Centers and attracts papers and attendees from all over the world.


The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel in Cocoa Beach, Florida is the site for all technical sessions.


The planned technical and social activities provide an opportunity for attendees to become professionally and personally acquainted. Dress attire is business casual unless noted.

SPACE MECHANISMS COURSE – On Monday and Tuesday, May 10-11, Launchspace is providing a special edition of their space mechanisms course in the same hotel as the AMS. To register, go to www.launchspace.com and register for course 1135SE. The price for this course is $595. Register soon!  A minimum of 30 attendees is required for this class to be held. Confirmation that the class will be held will be provided no later than April 21.

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 high-performance materials required are reviewed. Examples of some of the many types of mechanisms will be included for illustration. In addition, the mechanisms relationship and interface with other vehicle systems will be explored. The course includes design and analysis examples to demonstrate the principles involved in understanding how mechanisms should work, and how design margins should be evaluated during the evolution of a program.

Details about the course can be found at www.launchspace.com/1135.html.
NOTE: Due to the special pricing, the text will not be provided as indicated in the general description. The handbook, Space Vehicle Mechanisms: Elements of Successful Design, edited by P.L. Conley, available for $155, may be ordered upon registration.  Registration for the Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium is not included in the class price.

CHECK IN – On Tuesday evening, May 11, from 6:30-8:30 PM, check in and registration will be in the Lobby Area in the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel. Symposium materials, including symposium proceedings, will be available, along with light refreshments.

RECEPTION – On Wednesday evening, May 12, a reception will be held with a Space Shuttle simulation ride, dinner, IMAX movie, and Exploration Space “Explorers Wanted” Exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center.

SYMPOSIUM BANQUET – On Thursday evening, May 13, the symposium dinner will be a “luau” on the pool deck of the Hilton Hotel. Supplier and poster paper displays will also be exhibited during the evening. The exhibits will be open for the enjoyment of all attendees and guests.

FACILITIES TOUR – On Friday afternoon, May 14, there will be a special tour of the Kennedy Space Center – unless there is a Space Shuttle launch, in which case we will watch the launch. The tour is open to all attendees and guests. Buses depart from the hotel and return to the hotel after the tour. Please indicate upon registration if you and your guests will participate. Foreign Nationals interested in taking the NASA facility tour (including guests) must provide additional information for access by March 23. Those received after March 23 may be accommodated on a shortened tour. Forms are part of the registration on the website.

GUEST ACTIVITIES – The Cocoa Beach area offers an array of activities, including space museums, amusement parks in Orlando, and beaches (see www.space-coast.com).

PRESENTERS’ MEETINGS – Presenting authors are required to attend a special breakfast on the day of their presentation. This gathering gives the session participants an opportunity to meet their Session Chair and each other, and to review the session arrangements. The Symposium Projectionist will be available to discuss presentation requirements.


REGISTRATION – Advance registration is requested to facilitate planning and commitments. Please register on www.aeromechanisms.com. The registration fee is $425 ($250 for educators, $150 for students and retirees). Late registration for the symposium may be done at the hotel on Tuesday evening, May 11, and each day of the symposium. NOTE: If the registration payment is received after April 16, the fee will be $525 for all. This fee covers all sessions, proceedings, break refreshments, reception, symposium banquet, KSC facility tour, box lunch for three days, and specified bus transportation. Guest tickets are $25 for the reception and $25 for the banquet (guest banquet/reception tickets are $40 if received after April 16).

If for some reason you cannot use the website to register, send the registration information along with a check payable to “MEA – 40th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium” to:

David Mayall

Mail Stop NE-M4

Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

Phone: 321-867-3876

FAX:   321-867-5578

email: KSC-40AMS@mail.nasa.gov

Checks/money orders must be drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars. Please do not send foreign currency.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS – The symposium hotel is the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel (www.hiltoncocoabeach.com). The Hilton features a beachfront location, pool, wireless internet, fitness center, and business center. Rooms at the Hilton are offered at the government per diem rate ($97 plus tax) from May 9 to May 16 for attendees. Attendees must make their own reservations directly with the hotel. Please mention the 40th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium. Make reservations by April 20, 2010 to ensure the special rate. After April 20, the hotel will honor the special rate on a space-available basis only. Reservations can be made by using the following link:


Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel

1550 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL  32931

Phone: 800-526-2609 or 321-799-0003
Fax: 321-799-0344

TRANSPORTATION – The Cocoa Beach area is primarily served by the Orlando airport (MCO) (airport to hotel is 49 miles/80 km). Taxi service and car rentals are available at the airport.

  1. GEORGE HERZL AWARD – At each symposium, an award is given to the author(s) of the “Best Paper.” The award is based on paper content, presentation delivery, and visual aids. This award was established in honor of Dr. George Herzl of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a co-founder of the Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium.
  1. CHARLES COALE AWARD – Each year the AMS sponsors a child to attend Space Camp in honor of Dr. Charles Coale of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Dr. Coale was the leader of the symposium for more than 20 years and had a special interest in helping children.

TUESDAY, 11 MAY 2010

6:30-8:30 CHECK-IN


7:30 Wednesday Presenters’ Breakfast
Alan Littlefield, Host Chairman, NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center, FL

Edward Boesiger, Operations Chairman, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, CA

Robert Cabana, Director, NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center, FL


Steve Kugelmann, Session Chair

United Space Alliance, Cocoa Beach, FL

Mars Science Laboratory Drill

Avi Okon, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Light Weight Low Force Rotary Percussive Coring Tool for Planetary Applications

Scott Stanley, Techno Planet Inc, Northridge, CA

A Novel Approach for a Low-Cost Deployable Antenna

Chris Amend, Michael Nurnberger, Paul Oppenheimer & Steve Koss, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC; Bill Purdy, Purdy Engineering, Poolesville, MD

A Completely New Type of Actuator -or- This Ain’t Your Grandfather’s Internal Combustion Engine

Brian Gore, Gary Hawkins, Peter Hess, Teresa Moore & Eric Fournier, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA

An Evaluation of Liquid, Solid, and Grease Lubricants for Space Mechanisms Using a Spiral Orbit Tribometer

Michael Buttery, The European Space Tribology Laboratory, ESR Technology, Warrington, UK

11:30 LUNCH

Dave Messner, Session Chair

ATK-Able Engineering Company, Inc., Goleta, CA

Qualification of a High Accuracy Dual-Axis Antenna Deployment and Trimming Mechanism

Alain Gossant, EADS Astrium, Stevenage, UK; Francois Morichon, EADS Astrium, Toulouse, France

Lessons Learned in Qualifying and Producing a High-Resolution Two-Axis Tilt-Plate Gimbal

Scott Christiansen, Sierra Nevada Corp., Louisville, CO

Scanning Mechanism of the FY-3 Microwave Humidity Sounder

Manfred Schmid & Christian Hehr, EADS Astrium GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany; Li Jing, Centre for Space Science and Applied Research, CAS, China

A Coarse Pointing Assembly for Optical Communication

Gerhard Székely, D. Blum, M. Humphries, A. Koller, D. Mussett, S. Schuler & P. Vogt, RUAG Space AG, Zürich, Switzerland

2:30 BREAK


Hans Juergen Jung, Session Chair

EADS Astrium GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany

Design and Development of Two-Axis Thruster Gimbal with Xenon Propellant Lines

Armond Asadurian, Moog Chatsworth Operations, Chatsworth, CA

Design, Qualification, Manufacture and Flight of Mechanically Actuated Electric Propulsion Module

Ronald Corey, Vladimir Gurevich, Geraldine Gaeta, Ryan Dougherty, Sandor Nemethy & Sapna Augustine, Space Systems/Loral, Palo Alto, CA; Olyvia Han, CSA Engineering, Mountain View, CA

Gravity-Offloading System for Large-Displacement Ground Testing of Spacecraft Mechanisms

Olyvia Han, David Kienholz, Paul Janzen & Scott Kidney, CSA Engineering, Mountain View, CA

Gimbals Drive and Control Electronics Design, Development and Testing of the LRO High Gain Antenna and Solar Array Systems

Boris Chernyakov, ATK Space Systems and Services, Beltsville, MD; Kamal Thakore, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD


Constellation Architecture and Ground Systems Development

Scott T. Colloredo

Chief Architect, Constellation Ground Systems, NASA Kennedy Space Center

6:00 -10:30 RECEPTION AT KSC

6:00 Bus leaves the Hilton to KSC

Shuttle Experience ride


8:15  IMAX movie

9:00  Exploration Space exhibit

10:00 Bus leaves KSC for hotel

7:30 Thursday Presenters’ Breakfast


Kornel Nagy, Session Chair

NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Fastener Capture Plate Technology to Contain On-Orbit Debris

Kevin Eisenhower, Alliant Techsystems, Beltsville, MD

Space Station Control Moment Gyroscope Lessons Learned

Charles Gurrisi Raymond Seidel Scott Dickerson, L-3 Communications Corporation Space & Navigation Division, Budd Lake, NJ; Stephen Didziulis & Peter Frantz, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA; Kevin Ferguson, The Boeing Company, Houston, TX

International Space Station Powered Bolt Nut Anomaly and Failure Analysis Summary

Daniel Sievers & Harry Warden, The Boeing Company, Huntsville, AL

10:00 BREAK


David McCann, Session Chair

The Boeing Company, Houston, TX

The International Space Station Solar Alpha Rotary Joint Anomaly Investigation

Elliot Harik, Justin McFatter, Carlos Enriquez & David McCann, The Boeing Company, Houston, TX; Daniel Sweeney & Deneen Taylor, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Test Validation of the Repair to the Space Station Solar Alpha Rotary Joint

Curtis Allmon, Will Wilkinson & Stu Loewenthal, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, CA

Experimental Investigation of Forces Produced by Misaligned Steel Rollers

Timothy Krantz & Christopher DellaCorte, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH; Michael Dube, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

12:00 LUNCH

Chris Voorhees, Session Chair

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Mars Science Laboratory Sample Acquisition, Sample Processing and Handling: Subsystem Design and Test Challenge

Louise Jandura, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Mars Science Laboratory CHIMRA: A Device for Processing Powdered Martian Samples

Dan Sunshine, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Performance of Regolith Feed Systems for Analog Field Tests of In-Situ Resource Utilization Oxygen Production Plants in Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Ivan Townsend, ASRC Aerospace, NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL; Robert Mueller & James Mantovani, NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL; Kris Zacny & Jack Craft, Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation, New York, NY

Refined Gearbox Design for JSC’s Chariot Lunar Rover

Steve Baumann & David Lewicki, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

3:15 BREAK

3:30 – 5:30 SESSION VII – A potpourri OF POSTERS

Bill Purdy, Session Chair

Purdy Engineering, Poolesville, MD

Nickel-Titanium Alloys: Corrosion “Proof” Alloys for Space Bearing, Components and Mechanism Applications

Christopher DellaCorte, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Gossamer Technology to De-Orbit LEO Non-Propulsion-Fitted Satellites

Christian Dupuy, Centre National D’Etudes Spatiales, Toulouse, France; O. Le Couls, EADS Astrium, Saint Médard en Jalles, France

Preliminary Assessment of Seals for Dust Mitigation of Mechanical Components for Lunar Surface Systems

Irebert Delgado, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH; Michael Handschuh, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Development of the Tri-ATHLETE Lunar Vehicle Prototype

Matt Heverly, Jaret Matthews, Matt Frost & Chris McQuin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

An Approach to Designing Passive Self-Leveling Landing Gear with Application to the Lunar Lander

Troy Rippere & Gloria Wiens, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Design and Manufacture of a Highly Reliable, Miniaturized and Low-Mass Shutter Mechanism

Markus Manhart, T. Zeh, G. Preißler & A. Hurni, Kayser-Threde GmbH, Munich, Germany; G. Peter, I. Walter & J. Helbert, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Berlin, Germany; K. Multhaup & H. Hiesinger, Institut für Planetologie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet, Muenster, Germany

Miniaturized Single-Shot Valve and its Application to the ExoMars Pasteur Payload

Pierre Muller, Hartmut Henkel & Sabine Klinkner, von Hoerner & Sulger GmbH, Schwetzingen, Germany

MoS2-Filled PEEK Composite as a Self-Lubricating Material for Aerospace Applications

Geraldine Theiler & Thomas Gradt, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research & Testing, Berlin, Germany

Evolution of the IBDM Structural Latch Development into a Generic Simplified Design

Kristiaan De Vriendt, Helder Dittmer & Davy Vrancken, Verhaert Space, Kruibeke, Belgium; Peter Urmston & Oscar Gracia, ESA/ESTeC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Development of the Upgraded DC Brush Gear Motor for Spacebus Platforms

Robert Berning III, Moog, Inc., Chatsworth, CA; Olivier Viout, Thales Alenia Space, Cannes la Bocca Cedex, France

6:30-9:30 LUAU & DISPLAYS – Hilton pool deck and display area

Invited component suppliers display current products and provide tutorials. Live music and food on the beach!

FRIDAY, 14 MAY 2010

7:30 Friday Presenters’ Breakfast


Scott Strickland, Session Chair

The Boeing Company, Cocoa Beach, FL

BESST:  A Miniature, Modular Radiometer

Robert Warden, William Good & Erik Baldwin-Stevens, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Boulder, CO

Development of an Actuator for Ambient to Cryo Application

Karen Menzel & Hans Jürgen Jung, EADS Astrium GmH, Friedrichshafen, Germany; Jörg Schmidt, PHYTRON-Elektronik GmbH, Gröbenzell, Germany

Development and Acceptance Testing of the Dual Wheel Mechanism for the Tunable Filter Imager Cryogenic Instrument on the JWST

Martin Leckie & Zakir Ahmad, COM DEV, Ltd., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

(Poster paper) Static Load Distribution in Ball Bearings

Mario Ricci, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, São José dos Campos, São Paulo State, Brazil

10:00 BREAK


Gloria Wiens, Session Chair

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Xatcobeo: Small Mechanisms for CubeSat Satellites –Antenna and Solar Array Deployment

Jose Miguel Encinas Plaza, Javier Barandiarán Mancheño, Cesar Martínez Fernández & Fany Sarmiento Ares, Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial (INTA), Madrid, Spain; Jose Antonio Vilán Vilán, Fernando Aguado Agelet & Miguel López Estévez, University of Vigo, Lagoas Marcosende, Spain

Concept, Design, and Prototyping of XSAS: A High Power Extendable Solar Array for CubeSat Applications

Patrick Senatore, Andrew Klesh, Thomas Zurbuchen, Darren McKague & James Cutler, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Development of a Solar Array Drive Assembly for CubeSat

Mike Passaretti & Ron Hayes, Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation, New York, NY


Development of Ground Systems for the Constellation Program


  • Herzl Award Presentation
  • Closing Remarks

12:30 LUNCH

1:30-4:00 FACILITY TOUR at KSC or Shuttle launch


Alan C. Littlefield, Host Chair NASA KSC

Robert P. Mueller, Co-Host Chair NASA KSC

Stuart H. Loewenthal, General Chairman, Lockheed Martin

Edward A. Boesiger, Operations Chairman, Lockheed Martin

Steven W. Baumann, NASA GRC

Carlton L. Foster, NASA MSFC

Claef F. Hakun, NASA GSFC

Christopher P. Hansen, NASA JSC

Wayne Jermstad, NASA JSC

Edward C. Litty, JPL

Gérard Migliorero, ESA/ESTeC

Fred G. Martwick, NASA ARC

Donald H. McQueen, Jr., NASA MSFC

Wilfredo Morales, NASA GRC

Fred B. Oswald, NASA GRC

Minh Phan, NASA GSFC

Donald R. Sevilla, JPL

Mark F. Turner, NASA ARC

Robin Tutterow, NASA LaRC

James E. Wells, NASA LaRC


Ronald E. Mancini, NASA ARC (ret)

Stewart C. Meyers, NASA GSFC (ret)

William C. Schneider, NASA JSC (ret)