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Space Structures


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Space and Planetary Sciences

RO# Location
13.40.01.B7343 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


Name E-mail Phone
Footdale, Joseph Norman 505.853.5383


Getting to and operating in space presents unique structural challenges. Structural mass efficiency, thermal response, precision, dimensional stability, packaging, and deployment all play critical roles in determining the performance of spacecraft sensor systems and addressing these needs leads to methods and architectures that are dramatically different from terrestrial systems. Work focuses on research related to structural aspects of spacecraft systems and should be traceable to improvements in systems of interest to the Department of Defense. Traditional applications include radio frequency reflectors, optical mirrors, phased array antennas, solar arrays, solar sails, and instrument booms. Structural aspects of new and emerging architecture are also highly encouraged.



Lane SA, Murphey TW, Zatman M: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 48: 2011

Soykasap O, Tan LT: AIAA Journal 49: 2011


Space structure; Deployable structure; Space antenna; Mirror; solar array; Solar sail; Dimensional stability; Space sensor; Reflector;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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