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.

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Latest News

January 9, 2014: The Winter 2014 issue of Engineering & Science features Professor Sergio Pellegrino's Space Structures Laboratory in the Guggenheim building. [Read the Caltech Engineering and Applied Science]

November 21, 2013: Professor Sergio Pellegrino and GALCIT graduate student Gina Olson have received the AIAA Gossamer Systems Forum Best Paper Award for the paper entitled "Deployable Helical Antennas for CubeSats." [Read the paper]

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]

April 21, 2015: Northrop Grumman Corporation announces ultralight space structures research project for Space Solar Power Initiative! [Read the full announcement]


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Administrative Contact

Kate Jackson