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Marco Quadrelli


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91109

Member of:

347D - Robotics Modeling and Simulation

Dr. Marco Quadrelli

Group Supervisor


Dr. B. Marco Quadrelli is a Principal and Group Supervisor of the Robotics Modeling and Simulation Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. 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 from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996. He has worked in the aerospace industry and has been a visiting scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (1988-1989) and at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta (1996-1997), and a Lecturer in academia. His flight project experience includes GN&C analysis in the Huygens Probe Decelerator Design, Deep Space One, the Mars Aerobot, the Laser Interferometry Space Antenna, the Mars Exploration Rover (MER), the Space Interferometry Mission, the Autonomous Rendezvous Experiment, and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). He has conducted research in computational multibody dynamics, tethered systems, inflatable apertures, aeromaneuvering, distributed spacecraft and arrays, granular media, and biomedical systems. His current research interests are in the areas of multi-physics dynamics and control at multiple scales. He is a member of the AIAA Technical Committee on Space Tethers, an Associate AIAA Fellow, NIAC Fellow, and Keck Institute for Space Studies Fellow.


1987 – Laurea in Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Padova (Italy)
1988-1989 - Visiting Scientist, Harvard Center for Astrophysics
1992 - M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, M.I.T
1996 - Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
1996-1997 - Post-doc, Institute of Paper Science & Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests

multi-physics dynamics and control at multiple scales, intelligent structures
and adaptive aerospace systems, continuum physics, interdisciplinary modeling of complex multi
scale physical systems. More specifically, in computational modeling, dynamics analysis, and
control design of heterogeneous dynamical systems.


  1. 16. Quadrelli, B.M., Backes, P., Wilkie, W.K., Keim, J., Quijano, U., Mukherjee, R., Scharf, D., Bradford, S.C., McKee, M., "Investigation of Phase Transition-Based Tethered Systems for Small Body Sample Capture," Acta Astronautica, 68, (2011), 947-973., 03 February 2012.
  2. 15. Quadrelli, B.M., West, J., "Sensitivity Studies of the Deployment of a Square Solar Sail with Vanes," Acta Astronautica, vo. 65, October-November 2009, pp. 1007-1027., 03 February 2012.
  3. 14. Quadrelli, B.M., Mettler, E., Soloway, D., Kelkar, A, "Controls Structure Interaction on the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter," Acta Astronautica, vo. 65, October-November 2009, pp. 1007-1027., 03 February 2012.
  4. 13. Mettler E., Breckenridge W.G., and Quadrelli M.B., "Large Aperture Telescopes in Formation: Modeling, Metrology, and Control,," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, vol. 53, no.5 October-December 2005, pp. 391-412., 03 February 2012.
  5. 8. Quadrelli M, Cameron J., and Kerzhanovich V., "Multibody Modeling and Dynamics of Parachute and Balloon Flight Systems for Planetary Exploration," Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 27, no. 4, July-August 2004, pp. 564-571., 03 February 2012.
  6. Quadrelli, B.M., "Dynamics and Control of Novel Orbiting Formations with Internal Dynamics," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, vol.51, no. 3, July-September 2003, pp. 319-337., 03 February 2012.
  7. Quadrelli, M.B., "Effect of Distributed Rod and String Flexibility on Formation Dynamic Stability," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, vol.51, no.3, pp. 338-357., 03 February 2012.
  8. Quadrelli, M., Ostoja-Starzewski, M., and Stahl, D., "Kinematics, stress transfer mechanisms, and effective properties of 3D random fiber networks," Comptes Rendus de l’Academie des Sciences Paris, Series Iib (Mecanique/Physique/Astronomie), Dec. 1999, 03 February 2012.
  9. Quadrelli, M., and Atluri, S.N, "Mixed Variational Principles in Space and Time for Elastodynamics Analysis," Acta Mechanica, Issue136, 1999, pp. 193-209., 03 February 2012.
  10. Quadrelli, B.M.; Atluri, S.N, "Analysis of Flexible Multibody Systems with Spatial Beams using Mixed Variational Principles," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 42, Issue 6, 30 July 1998, Pages 1071-1090., 03 February 2012.
  11. Quadrelli M. and Lorenzini E, "Dynamics and Stability of a Tethered Centrifuge in Low Earth Orbit," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences. Vol. 40, Issue 1, Jan.-March 1992., 03 February 2012.
  12. Mettler, E. and Quadrelli B.M, "Multibody of Segmented Booms of the Mars Express Spacecraft,," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 42, no. 3, 2005, pp. 523-529, 03 February 2012.
  13. Quadrelli, B.M., "Nutation Time Constant Determination of On-Axis Diaphragm tanks on Spinner Spacecraft," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 42, no. 3, 2005, pp. 530-542., 03 February 2012.
  14. Bombardelli, C., Lorenzini, E.C., and Quadrelli, M.B., "Formation Pointing Dynamics of Tether-Connected Architecture for Space Interferometry," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 52, No. 4, October-December 2004, pp. 475-493., 03 February 2012.
  15. Bombardelli, C., Lorenzini, E., and Quadrelli, B.M.:, "Retargeting Dynamics of a Linear Tethered Interferometer," Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 27, no. 6, 2005, pp.1061-1067., 03 February 2012.
  16. Quadrelli, M.; von Flotow, A. H., "Pointing Dynamics of Gimbaled Payloads on Flexible Spacecraft," Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 17, Issue 6, November - December 1994, Pages 1387-1389., 03 February 2012.