The goal of industrial utilization and exploration of space requires that one addresses a wide range of engineering problems. Examples of research activities include lightweight structures for large space apertures (specifically, space solar power satellites), deployable antennas, in-space manufacturing, material and structural behavior in extreme temperature and radiation environments, spacecraft shielding against hypervelocity impact threats, locomotion in planetary atmospheres, hypersonic reentry into planetary atmospheres, in-space propulsion, spacecraft autonomy, ranging from spacecraft swarms to perception-driven navigation systems to robotic satellite assembly, autonomous guidance, navigation, and control, micropropulsion electrospray arrays for attitude control and precision pointing, and launch-vehicle performance and safety. Opportunities exist for research in collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Professor of Aerospace
Bren Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist
Paul E. Dimotakis
John K. Northrop Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Applied Physics
Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aerospace and Civil Engineering; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist; Co-Director, Space-Based Solar Power Project
Sandra M. Troian
Professor of Applied Physics, Aeronautics, and Mechanical Engineering