Celebrating 40 years in Space

In April 1972, The European Space Tribology Laboratory (ESTL) was formed to provide expert knowledge, services and products in tribology (friction, wear and lubrication) for all European spacecraft.

Keeping complex mechanical systems moving for many years in a unique but hostile environment such as space is very challenging and ESTL has contributed towards many if not all of the European spacecraft that has been built and launched over the last four decades. The UK Space sector is largely described as a genuine success story, contributing £7.5 billion to the economy and supporting 85,000 jobs.

ESTL celebrated their accomplishments and 40 year birthday with a space themed birthday cake at a UK Spacecraft Mechanism Workshop in their Warrington office. Organised by the Technology Strategy Board, the workshop was attended by representatives from the European and UK Space Agencies, as well as by the UK’s major spacecraft manufacturers Astrium and Surrey Satellites. With so many experts present, the discussion centred on the current developments in spacecraft mechanism technology and identifying future needs and opportunities.

ESTL is making a difference and it counts.

For further information please contact Simon Griffin (Associate Business Director, Space – ESTL)
Mobile: 07968 707493
Direct: 01925 843499
Switchboard: 01925 843400

Whittle House
410 The Quadrant
Birchwood, Warrington

Notes for Editors

Hyder Consulting is an international advisory and design consultancy with particular specialisation in the property, transport, utilities and environment sectors. With over 150 years’ experience and around 4,000 people across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australasia, it combines global expertise and local knowledge to create exceptional solutions for clients and their stakeholders.

Hyder Consulting announced its acquisition of ESR Technology in July 2011.

ESR Technology is the former UK Atomic Energy Authority risk, safety and technology business. ESR Technology has a 40 year heritage in applying engineering excellence to demanding projects worldwide. Its business comprises of three main streams of professional services, including:

· Safety and risk consultancy
· Asset integrity and forensic engineering

ESR Technology also operates a number of internationally recognised centres of excellence including Pump Centre, National Centre for Tribology (NCT), National Non-destructive Testing Centre (NNDTC) and European Space Tribology Laboratory (ESTL).

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