The broad aim of our research is to develop the foundations for the successful realization and implementation of novel lightweight structures concepts and architectures. We are particularly interested in problems related to packaging, deployment, shape control and stability.  Through a combination of experiments, analysis and numerical simulations we seek to understand, explain and model the physical behavior of novel structures.

Research Areas

Latest News

February 23, 2016: Sergio Pellegrino talks about "Ultralight Deployable Structures for Space-Based Solar Power" at the University of Washington. [pdf]

September 2015: ENGenious: The Space Solar Power Initiative. [Read the full article]

September 2, 2015: Sergio Pellegrino Elected President of the IASS! [Read the full announcement]

May 12, 2016: The new Caltech campaign video featuring Manan Arya and the Space Structures Lab. [Watch the video]

April 7, 2016: Bob Silberg’s article on Space Solar Power Initiative describes our ultralight spacecraft concept as a “flying carpet”. [Read the full article]

April 2016: Serena Ferraro has been awarded a 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship and a 2016 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF).



Contact Information


For more information about visiting our lab, please see here.

Administrative Contact

Kate Jackson