Santa Clara, CA

May 4-6, 2016

Hosted by NASA Ames Research Center 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 Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara, CA 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 otherwise noted.

MECHANISMS COURSES – On Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3, two separate courses will be offered in the same hotel as the AMS. Be sure to mention the AMS special room rate when you make your Biltmore reservations. Registration for the Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium is not included in either class price.


Space Mechanisms Course (May 2-3)

Launchspace is providing a Special Edition of its popular space 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 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.

Register at https://launchspace.com/ams-registration/. The Symposium price for this course is $695. A minimum of 30 attendees is required for this class to be held. Due to the special pricing (list price for this course is $1595), the textbook, “Space Vehicle Mechanisms: Elements of Successful Design”, edited by P.L. Conley, will not be provided but can be purchased commercially by the attendee.

ORBIS Bearing Course (May 3)

Explore fundamental and advanced bearing analysis techniques with the ORBIS tool. Topics covered include system modelling, graphical plotting, contact stresses, truncation, stiffness, preloading (both rigid and spring types), and performance influences from mounting, temperature gradients and internal bearing tolerances. Numerous real-time examples depicting a wide range of common problems across industry will be illustrated.

To register go to www.HalpinEngineeringLLC.com and follow the links for the ‘AMS Course.’ Symposium price for this course is $895. Venue is limited to 20 attendees and a minimum of 7 attendees is required to hold the course. All registered attendees receive a 90-day trial of the full ORBIS software and a discounted purchase price.

CHECK-IN – On Tuesday evening, May 3, from 6:00-8:00 PM, check in and registration will be in the Biltmore Hotel Atrium. Symposium materials, including symposium proceedings, will be available, along with light refreshments.

RECEPTION – On Wednesday evening, May 4, a reception will be held in the Biltmore Hotel. Supplier and poster paper displays will be exhibited during the evening along with demonstrations by local high school FIRST Robotics teams. A light buffet dinner will be served. The exhibits will be open for the enjoyment of all attendees and guests.

SYMPOSIUM BANQUET – On Thursday evening, May 5, the symposium dinner will be at the Mountain Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This will be outdoor dining on a hill overlooking San Jose and amongst the redwoods. There will be audience participation entertainment so be prepared! Bus transportation will be provided. (Note – bring a sweater or light jacket as evenings can be cool)

FACILITY TOURS – On Friday afternoon, May 6, there will be opportunities to go on a tour of NASA Ames Research Center, Intuitive Surgical, Hiller Aviation Museum, or KLA-Tencor. The tours are open to all attendees and guests (as space permits); space is limited on all tours so register early. Bus transportation will be provided.

GUEST ACTIVITIES – Santa Clara is in the heart of “Silicon Valley” with multiple destinations for visitors including San Francisco, Stanford University, historic homes, amusement parks, hiking, museums, and beaches.

Some links:

Bay area:  http://www.visitcalifornia.com/region/discover-san-francisco-bay-area

San Jose:  http://www.sanjose.com/

Hiking: http://www.bahiker.com

Amusement park 1 mile from hotel: https://www.cagreatamerica.com/

PRESENTERS’ MEETINGS – Presenting authors are required to attend a complimentary breakfast on the day of their presentation. (Note – only the presenters, not all authors of the paper.) This gathering gives the session participants an opportunity to meet their Session Chair and each other, and to review the session arrangements. The Symposium AV help 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 $650 ($300 for full-time professors, $250 for full-time students and retirees). Late registration for the symposium may be done at the hotel on Tuesday evening, May 3, and each day of the symposium. NOTE: If the registration payment is received after April 12, the fee will be $750 for all. This fee covers all sessions, proceedings, break refreshments, reception, symposium banquet, tour, lunch for three days, and specified bus transportation. Guest tickets are $25 for the reception and $60 for the banquet (Late registration, $35 reception, $70 banquet).

HOTEL RESERVATIONS – A block of rooms has been reserved at the Biltmore Hotel (www.hotelbiltmore.com). The hotel features wireless internet, 24-hour fitness center, business center, pool and restaurant on site. Rooms at the Biltmore are offered at a special rate of $175 (which is the government per diem) for stays from May 1 to May 7 for attendees. Attendees must make their own reservations directly with the hotel. Please mention the 43rd Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium or Booking ID #31207 and make your reservations by April 17, 2016 to ensure the special rate. After April 17, reservations may be made at the prevailing hotel rate. Reservations can be made by using the following link:


Biltmore Hotel and Suites

2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Reservations: 800-255-9925 or 408-988-8411

TRANSPORTATION – Santa Clara is served by San Jose International Airport (SJC)(4 miles away) as well as San Francisco International Airport (SFO)(30 miles away). Taxi/Ridesharing service and car rentals are available at each airport. Approximate taxi fare from SFO is $90. The Biltmore has a courtesy shuttle to and from San Jose 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, a co-founder of the Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium.
  1. CHARLES COALE AWARD – Each year MEA sponsors a child to attend Space Camp in honor of Dr. Charles Coale of Lockheed Martin. Dr. Coale was the leader of the symposium for more than 20 years and had a special interest in helping children.

GRANTS – Each year MEA awards grants to several high school FIRST Robotics teams. MEA may also provide an AMS attendance stipend to student authors.


6:00-8:00 CHECK-IN – Biltmore Atrium


7:00 Wednesday Presenters’ Breakfast – Biltmore San Jose Room
8:00 CHECK-IN AND REFRESHMENTS – Biltmore Atrium
8:15 INTRODUCTORY REMARKS – Biltmore Ballroom
William Caldwell, Host Chairman, NASA Ames Research Center, Mt View, CA

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

David Korsmeyer Engineering Director, NASA Ames Research Center, Mt View, CA


Steve Koss, Session Chair

Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.

– ATLAS Beam Steering Mechanism (BSM) Lessons Learned, Ken Blumenstock et al., NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

– Injection of a Body into a Geodesic: Lessons Learnt from the LISA Pathfinder Case, Daniele Bortoluzzi et al., University of Trento, Trento, Italy

– Mechanisms Design for the S5P-TROPOMI Instrument, Erik Tabak et al., InnoSpace, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

– Tests on the Ductility of Stainless Steel and Titanium Alloy Aerospace Fasteners, Jarrod Whittaker & Daniel Hess, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

– Development and Testing of a “Backlash-Free“ Gas-Tight High-Precision Sample Dosing Mechanism for the ExoMars 2018 Rover, Daniel Redlich et al., OHB System AG, Oberfpfaffenhofen, Germany

– Realization and Testing of the In Field Pointing Mechanism for the Evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, Gert Witvoet & Jet Human, TNO Technical Sciences, Delft, The Netherlands

11:30 LUNCH
Lunch for AMS Attendees in the Biltmore Courtyard

Lionel Gaillard, Session Chair

ESA/ESTeC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

– Suomi-NPP Mission On-orbit Experience with Toroid Ball Bearing Retainers under Unidirectional and Reversing Motion, Otto Bruegman et al., NOAA, Silver Spring, MD

– Failure Analysis and Recovery of a 50-mm Highly Elastic Intermetallic NiTi Ball Bearing for an ISS Application, Christopher DellaCorte & S. Adam Howard, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH; Lewis E. Moore III, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

– Ball Bearing Analysis with the ORBIS Tool, Jacob Halpin, Halpin Engineering LLC, Torrance, CA

– Extended Life Testing of Duplex Ball Bearings, Jeffrey Mobley, Michael Robertson & Charles Hodges, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Durham, NC

2:30 BREAK


Scott Starin, Session Chair

Avior Control Technologies, Inc., Longmont, CO

– Piezoelectric Actuators and Future Motors for Cryogenic Applications in Space, Christian Belly, Francois Barillot & Fabien Dubois, Cedrat Technologies, Meylan, France

– Development of a Self-latching Hold-down RElease Kinematic (SHREK), Ruggero Cassanelli, AEREA S.p.A., Turate, Italy

– Challenges of Designing a 13-Hz High-Load Vibration Isolation System with Tight Volume Constraints: Lessons Learnt and Path Forward, Stella Dearing & Dale Ruebsamen, Honeywell Aerospace, Defense and Space, Glendale, AZ

– Development of a High-Performance, Low-Profile Translation Table with Wire Feedthrough for a Deep Space CubeSat, Alex Few, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

– Use of Volute Springs in Space Applications, Chris Floyd, Ian Bournelis & Cary Clark, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, CO

– A Multi-Sectioning, Reconfigurable Electromagnetic Hammering Propulsion for Mole Penetrators, Jerzy Grygorczuk et al., Centrum Badań Kosmicznych PAN, Warsaw, Poland

– Development of a Magneto-Resistive Angular Position Sensor for

Space Mechanisms, Robert Hahn et al., HTS Hoch Technologie Systeme GmbH, Coswig, Germany

– Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Single Crystal Wires with High Transformation Temperature, Alain Hautcoeur & Florian Fouché, Nimesis Technology, Mecleuves, France; Jacques Sicre, CNES, Toulouse, France

– Prevailing Torque Locking Feature in Threaded Fasteners using Anaerobic Adhesive, Alan Hernandez & Daniel Hess, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

– A New Architecture for Absolute Optical Encoders, Timothy Malcolm, John Beasley & Mike Jumper, BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Maumelle, AR

– Digital Image Correlation for Performance Monitoring, Miguel Palaviccini & Dan Turner, Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, NM; Michael Herzberg, National Security Campus, Kansas City, MO

– Deployment System for Three Axis CubeSat Electric Field Instrument, Dana Turse, Larry Adams & Chris Esser, Composite Technology Development, Inc., Lafayette, CO

– Degradation of Sputter-Deposited Nanocomposite MoS2 Coatings for NIRCam during Storage in Air, Jeffrey Lince, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA; Stuart Loewenthal & Charles Clark, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, CA

– The Dynamic Particle Generation of Lubricating Greases for use in Space Mechanisms, Jason Galary, NYE Lubricants, Fairhaven, MA

6:30 -10:00 RECEPTION – Biltmore Hotel

Invited component suppliers display current products and provide tutorials along with FIRST Robotics Team demonstrations and a light buffet meal.

7:00 Thursday Presenters’ Breakfast – Biltmore San Jose Room


Rob Kyle, Session Chair

CDA Intercorp LLC, Deerfield, FL

– APM for a Constellation Intersatellite Link – EM Qualification and

Lessons Learned, Frank Härtel & Horst Kozilek, Airbus Defence and Space, Friedrichshafen, Germany

– Design Development of a Combined Deployment and Pointing System for the International Space Station Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer Telescope, Jason Budinoff et al., NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

– Development of Compact Mechanically Driven Systems for High Strain Composite Slit-Tubes, Bruce L. Davis & Mark Lake, Roccor, Louisville, CO

– James Webb Space Telescope Deployment Brushless DC Motor Characteristics Analysis, Anh Tran, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, CA

10:00 BREAK


Art Grant, Session Chair

Harmonic Drive LLC, Peabody, MA

– Development of a Deployment and Latching Mechanism for a Pointing System on the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) for Goddard Space Flight Center, Robert Berning & John Holzinger, Moog Inc. Chatsworth, CA

– Tape Hinge/Lenticular Strut Hinge Qualification and Evolution, Donald Gibbons, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, CA

– Design and Development of NEA Scout Solar Sail Deployer Mechanism, Alexander Sobey & Tiffany Lockett, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

– MOPITT Mechanisms – 16 Years In-Orbit Operation on TERRA, Andrew Gibson et al., Canadian Space Agency, Ottawa, Canada

12:15 LUNCH
Lunch for AMS Attendees in the Biltmore Courtyard

Martin Gordinier, Session Chair

Gurley Precision Instruments, Troy, NY

– Electrical Noise Performance of Gold-on-Gold Slip Rings, Ron Hayes, Erik Mumm & Kyle Gotthelf, Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation, Longmont, CO

– Slip Ring Electrical Anomalies Found After Protoflight Vibration Testing, Troy Nilson, Scott Christiansen & Chad Hebert, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Louisville, CO

– State-of-the-Art Reaction Wheel Optimization for Fine-Pointing Space Platforms:  Minimizing Induced Vibration Impacts On Hubble Space Telescope Jitter Performance, Martin Hasha, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, CA

2:45 BREAK


Erik Mumm, Session Chair

Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp., New York, NY

– Microspine Gripping Mechanism for Asteroid Capture, Ezekiel Merriam et al., Brigham Young University, Provo UT

– Hammering Mechanism for HP3 Experiment (InSight), Jerzy Grygorczuk et al., ASTRONIKA Sp. z o.o., Warsaw, Poland

4:00 INVITED PRESENTATION – SOFIA and recent accomplishments of the program

Dr. Eric Becklin

Chief Scientist for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

6:00-10:00 BANQUET – Mountain Winery

Dinner and entertainment at an historic winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains

FRIDAY, 6 MAY 2016

7:30 Friday Presenters’ Breakfast – Biltmore San Jose Room


Steve Bauman, Session Chair

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

– Testing and Measurement of Mechanism-Induced Disturbances, Laoucet Ayari et al., Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, CO

– Development and Testing of a High-Precision Position and Attitude Measuring System for a Space Mechanism, Nikolay Khanenya et al., Almatech, Lausanne, Switzerland

9:30 BREAK


Lance Werthman, Session Chair

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, CA

– Development and Testing of a Bi-Stable Actuator based on a High Transition Temperature Shape Memory Alloy, Gabriel Paciotti et al., Almatech, Lausanne, Switzerland

– Holding Brakes for Space Mechanisms with Minimum Power Requirement, Ted Hopper et al., MACCON GmbH, Munich, Germany

– Lean Development of the Future Actuator, Mathias Burkhalter et al., RUAG Space, Zurich, Switzerland


Jack Boyd, Senior Advisor to the NASA Ames Center Director


Stu Loewenthal, Deputy Chairman, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, CA

  • Herzl Award Presentation – Nadine Herzl-Kraft

12:15 LUNCH
Lunch for AMS Attendees in the Biltmore Courtyard
1:30 – 5:00 TOUR

1:30      Buses depart hotel for industry tours

5:00      Approximate time buses return to hotel


Host Chairs

William Caldwell, NASA ARC

Fred G. Martwick, NASA ARC

General Chairman – Edward A. Boesiger, Lockheed Martin

Deputy Chairman – Stuart H. Loewenthal, Lockheed Martin

Steven W. Bauman, NASA GRC

Jared Dervan, NASA MSFC

Michael Dube, NASA NESC

Barry J. Dunn, NASA LaRC

Carlton L. Foster, NASA MSFC (retired)

Lionel Gaillard, ESA/ESTeC

Claef F. Hakun, NASA GSFC

Christopher P. Hansen, NASA JSC

Louise Jandura, JPL

Wayne Jermstad, NASA JSC

Alan C. Littlefield, NASA KSC

Ronald E. Mancini, NASA ARC (retired)

Donald H. McQueen, Jr., NASA MSFC

Robert P. Mueller, NASA KSC

Joseph Pellicciotti, NASA NESC

Minh Phan, NASA GSFC

Joseph P. Schepis, NASA GSFC

Donald R. Sevilla, JPL

James E. Wells, NASA LaRC