Two Days WHEN: May 14-15 2018. This is a pre-symposium event with separate registration and fee. LOCATION: At the 2018 AMS venue, Cleveland, OH

Course Description:

Launchspace and the 2018 AMS have agreed to offer this special edition of the popular Space Mechanisms Course during the two days prior to the AMS event in Cleveland, OH. The course explores the technologies required for the successful design of moving mechanical assemblies in the space environment and offers a detailed look at many of the key components common to most mechanisms, such as ball bearings, motors and feedback devices. With this background, the high-performance materials required for operation in space are reviewed, emphasizing compatibility with the space environment and offering some background in the metallurgy, chemistry, and fabrication of those materials. Examples of some of the many types of mechanism will be included for illustration. In addition, the mechanisms relationship and interface with other vehicle systems will be explored, as a mechanism usually becomes an important part of the vehicle’s structural, thermal, contamination, survivability and pointing subsystems.

The course includes examples of designs and analyses to demonstrate principles involved in understanding how mechanisms should work and how design margins should be evaluated during the evolution of a program.

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(The instructor was) “very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions.”

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