Read here about deployable structures, their definition and the role of tensegrity in their design.
Defining Deployable StructuresEdit
Deployable structures according to Tibert  are structures capable of large configuration changes in an autonomous way. "Most common is that the configuration changes from a packaged, compact state to a deployed, large state. Usually, these structures are used for easy storage and transportation. When required, they are deployed into their service configuration. A well known example is the umbrella. Deployable structures are sometimes known under other names like expandable, extendible, developable and unfurlable structures."
References and LinksEdit
 Deployable Tensegrity Structures for Space Applications by Gunnar Tibert, Doctoral Thesis for the Royal Institute of Technology Department of Mechanics, 2002. Reference number, TRITA-MEK Technical Report 2002:04 ISSN 0348-467X ISRN KTH/MEK/TR--02/04--SE