Manan Arya

Graduate Student

Manan Arya designs, models, and tests novel packaging and deployment techniques for membranes and membrane-like space structures. These structures are made with very thin materials, leading to compact packaging and ultralight designs. These structures unfold in space to provide large areas for devices e.g. photovoltaic cells, phased array antennas, and optical concentrators.

On the side, Manan helps out with the optical, electronic, and mechanical design of the AAReST camera.

Manan received his Master of Science in Space Engineering from Caltech in 2012 and his Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2011.



  • Arya, M., Lee, N., and Pellegrino, S. (2015). Wrapping thick membranes with slipping folds. 2nd AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 5-8 January 2015, Kissimmee, FL. AIAA 2015-0682

  • Arya, M., and Pellegrino, S. (2014). Deployment mechanics of highly compacted thin membrane structures. AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 13-17 January 2014, National Harbor, MD, AIAA 2014-1038.