MAE Seminar Series

Dr. Marco Quadrelli

Trends and Advances in Robotic Space Exploration

November 3 | 3:30 p.m. | Virtual Seminar

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Meeting ID: 951 7890 2068
Passcode: MAE22fall

Principal Research Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
California Institute of Technology


In this talk, Dr. Quadrelli will discuss his past and recent work in planetary and space exploration by looking at the modeling, dynamics and control of Multi-Physics, Multiscale, Multibody, Multidomain robotic systems in different applications such as systems for Small Body exploration adapting to extreme environments, next generation aero-maneuvering, unconventional imaging systems to enable high-quality astrophysics, and other emergent areas.


Dr. Quadrelli is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff, and the supervisor of the Robotics Modeling and Simulation Group at JPL. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Padova (Italy), an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. After joining NASA JPL in 1997 he has contributed to a number of flight projects including the Cassini-Huygens Probe, Deep Space One, the Mars Aerobot Test Program, the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Space Interferometry Mission, the Autonomous Rendezvous Experiment, and the Mars Science Laboratory, among others. He has been the Attitude Control lead of the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter Project, and the Integrated Modeling Task Manager for the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna. He has led or participated in several independent research and development projects in the areas of computational micromechanics, dynamics and control of tethered space systems, formation flying, inflatable apertures, hypersonic entry, precision landing, flexible multibody dynamics, guidance, navigation and control of spacecraft swarms, terra-mechanics, and precision pointing for optical systems. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts Fellow, and a Caltech/Keck Institute for Space Studies Fellow.

Event Date: November 3, 2022 at 3:30 PM