ESTL's Space Tribology Course (STC)

Over the last three decades ESTL has presented its highly respected Space Tribology Course at many venues and in different formats.

The two-day version of our course is very successful and well received by participants. It is usually scheduled to run in-conjunction with the European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium (ESMATS) , but has also been offered on the basis of specific needs, for example in 2019 the two-day course in Warsaw specifically aimed at “New ESA Player States” attracted 69 delegates. The course has also been run on a tailored, in-house training basis, both for ESA and for industrial companies. We have trained more than 400 engineers in Space Tribology over the last 10 years alone.

The next chance to participate in our Space Tribology Course will be in September 2021 when we will be presenting a virtual version over 4 mornings from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th September 2021 (commencing 9am CEST), this is the week immediately prior to the virtual ESMATS 2021 symposium. To register for this virtual course see details at alternatively for further details of our virtual (or in-person) tailored course – for example for in-house training, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Our Space Tribology Course provides a comprehensive overview of the many issues relating to friction, lubrication and wear of spacecraft mechanisms and their components and draws from data generated from ESTL’s 49+ years as Europe’s independent centre of excellence for space tribology.

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