The society was formed on 14th September 1988 at TNO/PML, Delft in the Netherlands, to provide a forum for electric launcher researchers to meet, present and discuss topical subjects associated with their work. Initially set up to cover EM launchers only, the society has expanded to cover ETC launcher technology as one of its major interests and electric systems in general. The society meets annually in September at a venue which rotates around the member countries.
The society is comprised of:
- Government research organisations
- Firms undertaking direct electric launchers research
- Firms doing pulsed power component research
Associate membership is available for government funding bodies.
The general areas of interest to EEMLS include, but are not limited to:
- Design, performance and economics of all components of Electromagnetic, Electrothermal and Electrothermal-Chemical Launcher Systems, Directed Energy Weapon Systems, Electric Armour Systems, including accelerators, power systems and projectiles.
- Instrumentation techniques used in experimental facilities, including data reduction systems and techniques.
- All types of test techniques used in experimental facilities.
- Facility operation and maintenance problems.
- Experimental and theoretical studies relating directly to System Components and Applications.
- Chairman: Dr. Markus Schneider, ISL, France
- Deputy chairman: Mr. Andy Stöckli, Astrol, Switzerland
- Secretary and treasurer: Prof. Dr. Ir. J. Gallant, Royal Military Academy, Belgium
Applications are invited from companies, organisations and educational establishments working on topics in the electromagnetic launch area. For more information, please contact a society officer. An application form for membership is available on this website.
There are no joining or annual subscriptions. Attendance and technical presentation at the annual meetings is all that is required.