|Roger Denston and Peter Knott, both technicians in the Structures Group, will be helping out at the
Royal Institution Christmas Lectures this year. They will be responsible for setting up and operating a solar
sail model, built and designed in the Deployable Structures Lab, which will be lowered from the roof of the
Faraday Lecture theatre at the Royal Institution during Lecture 4 this year, and will then open and close
Professor Sergio Pellegrino is the inventor of several new concepts for deployable structures, both for space
and civil engineering applications. This is not the first time that the sail has been in demand for public
view, this model of a concept deployable structure having featured in 1997 at "Les Ingenieurs du Siecle",
Centre Pompidou, Paris.
The 2003 Christmas Lecture series will be presented by Dr Monica Grady. The series is called 'Voyage in space
and time'. The lecture featuring the solar sail is being recorded on Saturday 20th December, and will be
shown on Channel 4 after Christmas.