Dr. Marco Quadrelli
Dr. Marco Quadrelli is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Guidance and Control Section at JPL. He received a Laurea/M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padova (Italy) in 1987, a M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from M.I.T. in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering/Computational Mechanics from Georgia Tech in 1996. He has worked in the Italian aerospace industry and has been a visiting scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta. His flight project experience includes the Cassini-Huygens Probe Decelerator Design, the Deep Space One (DS-1) dynamics analysis and testing, the Mars Aerobot Test Program, the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Entry, Descent, and Landing, the Space Interferometry Mission, the Autonomous Rendezvous Experiment, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), the Mars Express, the Jovian Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO), and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). His research experience in dynamics and control includes: tethered spacecraft; inflatable spacecraft; computational micromechanics; decelerator and scientific balloons; fuel slosh modeling and dynamics; flexible multibody dynamics, formation flying of distributed spacecraft, and active control of deployable structures. His current research interests are in innovative concepts of adaptive structures for space applications. Specifically, he has been involved in integrated modeling and control of large space structures, such as large apertures in the microwave, visible band and in the sub-mm band, and has conducted research on formations of tethered interferometers as stable platforms for far-IR and sub-mm astronomy, on the modeling, metrology, control and estimation of 25 meter class gossamer apertures in GEO, and on inflatable apertures in LEO for microwave-range remote sensing of soil moisture and salinity. He is also interested in the infusion of concepts of theoretical physics into space engineering applications. He is a Senior AIAA Member, and serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Computer Modeling in Engineering Sciences. He has written 15 refereed Journal publications, and over 40 conference papers. Selected publications in the area of distributed spacecraft are below.
- Quadrelli, M.B.: Effect of Distributed Rod and String Flexibility on Formation Dynamic Stability, in The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, vol.51, no.3, pp. 338-357.
- Quadrelli, B.M.: Dynamics and Control of Novel Orbiting Formations with Internal Dynamics, in The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, vol.51, no. 3, July-September 2003, pp. 319-337.
- Bombardelli, C., Lorenzini, E.C., and Quadrelli, M.B., Formation Pointing Dynamics of Tether-Connected Architecture for Space Interferometry, in The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 52, No. 4, October-December 2004, pp. 475.493.
- Bombardelli, C., Lorenzini, E., and Quadrelli, B.M.: Retargeting Dynamics of a Linear Tethered Interferometer, in the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 27, no. 6, 2005, pp.1061-1067.
- Mettler E., Breckenridge W.G., and Quadrelli M.B.: Large Aperture Telescopes in Formation: Modeling, Metrology, and Control, to appear in The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences.
- Hadaegh, F. Singh, G. Quadrelli M, and Shields, J.: Modeling and Control of Formation Flying Spacecraft in Deep Space and Earth Orbits, presented at the Terrestrial Planet Finder Technology Interchange Symposium, April 27, 2000.
- Hadaegh, F.Y., Ghavimi, A. R., Singh G., and Quadrelli B.M.: A Decentralized Optimal Controller for Formation Flying Spacecraft, in Proceedings of the First International Conference on Intelligent technologies (InTech 2000), December 13-15 2000, Bangkok, Thailand, V. Kreinovich and J. Daengdej editors, pp. 390-395.
- Quadrelli M.: Modeling and Dynamics Analysis of Tethered Formations for Space Interferometry, presented at the AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting, Santa Barbara, CA, February 11-14, 2001, also in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, vol. 108 pp. 1259-1278.
- Quadrelli M., Hadaegh F.Y., Lorenzini E.C., and Bombardelli C.: Precision Tethered Formations for LEO and Space Interferometry Applications, presented at the 16th International Symposium on Spaceflight Dynamics, Pasadena, CA, December 3-7, 2001, http://issfd.jpl.nasa.gov.
- Quadrelli, M.B.: Effect of Distributed Rod and String Flexibility on Formation Dynamic Stability, presented at the AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting, San Antonio, TX, January 27-31, 2002.
- Quadrelli M.B., Hadaegh F.Y., Shao, M., and Lorenzini E.: Formations of Tethered Spacecraft as Stable Platforms for Far IR and Sub-mm Astronomy, presented at the Far IR and Submm Space Astronomy Workshop, University of Maryland College Park, March 6 2002.
- Mettler E., Breckenridge W.G., and Quadrelli M.B.: Dynamics and Control of a 25 Meter Aperture Virtual Structure Gossamer Telescope in GEO, presented at the AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Monterey, CA, August 5-8 2002.
- Mettler E., Breckenridge W.G., and Quadrelli M.B.: Formation Metrology and Control of a Large Separated Optics Space Telescope, presented at the 1st International Symposium on Formation Flying, Toulouse, France, October 2002.
- Quadrelli M.B. and Hadaegh F.Y.: Centralized Dynamics and Control of Novel Orbiting Formations of Tethered Spacecraft, presented at the 53rd International Astronautical Federation Congress, Houston TX, October 17, 2002.
- Bombardelli, C., Lorenzini, E.C., and Quadrelli, M.B.: Dynamics Modeling of Tethered Formations for the Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission, Scientific Frontiers in Research on Extrasolar Planets, Carnegie Institution, Washington, D.C., June 2002.
- Mettler E., Breckenridge W.G., and Quadrelli M.B.: Dynamics and Control of Separated Optics Space Telescopes, presented at the 53rd International Astronautical Federation Congress, Houston TX, October 17, 2002.
- Quadrelli M.B., Zimmermann, W., Chau, S.: System Architecture for a Guided Herd of Robots for Surface/Sub-Surface Exploration of Titan, presented at the 2004 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT.
- Quadrelli, B.M.: Modeling of Proof Mass Self-Gravity Field and Its Gradients for Space Borne Gravitational Wave Detectors, presented at the 14th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Maui, Hawaii, February 8-12 2004.
- Quadrelli, B.M., and Chang, J.: Dynamics and Control of a Herd of Sondes Guided by a Blimp on Titan, presented at the 14th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Maui, Hawaii, February 8-12 2004.
- Bombardelli, C., Lorenzini E.C., and Quadrelli, B.M.: Dynamical Effects of Solar Radiation Pressure on a Spinning Tether System for Interferometry, presented at the 14th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Maui, Hawaii, February 8-12 2004.
- Quadrelli, B.M.: Dynamic Stability and Gravitational Balancing of Multiple Extended Bodies, presented at the 15th AAS Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Copper Mountain, CO, 23-27 January 2005.
- Ploen, S. , Quadrelli, B.M., Scharf. D., Hadaegh, F.: Dynamics of Drag-Free Formations for Earth Imaging Applications, AIAA paper 2006-6016, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit 21 - 24 August 2006, Keystone, Colorado.