Short Course

Adaptive Multi-Functional Space Structures for Micro-Climate Control


The Keck Institute for Space Studies invites all interested researchers and students to attend the following short course:

Multifunctional Energy Projecting Systems for Planetary Exploration
Monday, May 19, 2014
8:15 am - NOON Short Course
Informal lunch provided from NOON - 1 PM
Hameetman Auditorium,
Cahill Building,
Caltech Campus

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Extreme planetary environments represent the next frontier for in-situ robotic space exploration. Missions for exploration will be followed by robotic missions for exploitation, and by manned missions. All these missions have one common problem: harsh, extreme environments (EE), where temperature, radiation, and other factors make the missions inconceivable at present. We propose to study an enabling capability for operation in EE, a solution applicable to all types of missions, which is to project and control a favorable micro-environment in the local area where exploration, exploitation or human visits will take place.  The systems that could provide such a capability are 'Energy Projecting Systems'.  The name suggests their two key properties: they transform the environment, and they adapt to needs by shape change/transformation. This short course will lay the foundations of the key elements of this new technology.

An informal lunch will be provided to all short course attendees. There is no fee to attend, and no registration is required.  Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Event Speaker
7:45 - 8:45 Coffee and refreshments
8:15 - 8:30 Introductory remarks and orientation Michele Judd
8:30 - 9:15 Transformers for Micro-Climate Control Adrian Stoica (JPL/Caltech)
9:15 - 10:00 Reconfigurable Electronics and Advanced Packaging Jim Lyke
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:00 MEMS for Deployables Harish Manohara (JPL/Caltech)
11:00 - 11:30 Printed Electronics Systems Overview Kendra Short (JPL/Caltech)
11:30 - 12:00 Gardening the Solar System Howard Bloom
12:00 - 1:00 Informal Lunch, short course concludes

For questions contact: Prof. Sergio Pellegrino, Dr. Marco Quadrelli, Dr. James Lyke, or Michele Judd


Prof. Sergio Pellegrino

Study Co-Lead Prof. Sergio Pellegrino, from Caltech.

Dr. Marco Quadrelli

Study Co-Lead Dr. Marco Quadrelli, from JPL.

Dr. James Lyke

Study Co-Lead Dr. James Lyke, from AFRL