History of ESTL

  • The European Space Tribology Laboratory (ESTL) was created in 1972 to provide a Centre of Excellence in all aspects of friction, lubrication and wear of mechanical systems in the hostile environment of space
  • Since then, ESTL has made major contributions to the field of space and vacuum tribology, including performing real-time and accelerated life tests, developing solid lubricant film technologies and the characterisation of fluid lubricants for space
  • Over the last four and a half decades, ESTL has supported all of Europe‚Äôs major space missions, evolving from an R&D focussed organisation into a independent commercial entity

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