Student in Engineering, Physics, Information Technology or similar (f/m/x)

Satellite-based free-space optical communications uses low-divergence beams to reduce transmission power requirements at high data rates. To set up an optical link between the satellite and the ground station the satellite is pointed coarsely towards the ground station and initiates a search and acquisition process, usually done through a fine pointing assembly. Depending on the design of the optical system, the area covered during the search process is rather small, putting high requirements on the coarse pointing of the satellite.Therefore, in this thesis a mid-pointing assembly (MPA) shall be developed and tested, which increases the covered area during the searching process and relieves the requirements towards the precision of the initial pointing of the satellite. Furthermore, the MPA shall be qualified for application in space (radiation, thermal vacuum, vibration).

Thesis outline:

  • development and simulation of a combined fine and mid-pointing system in Matlab/Simulink
  • space qualification of MPA system components
  • implementation and test of the combined system
  • verification of the results
  • basic knowledge of control engineering and optics
  • hands-on experience in embedded C programming for microcontrollers (code composer studio, microchip studio, etc.)
  • experience with Matlab and Simulink
  • experience with hardware projects at university or as part of a hobby is a plus
  • interest in optical communications
  • ability to work independently

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x).Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2023-04-19
Location: Germany, Oberpfaffenhofen
Categories: Engineering, Information, Information Technology, Optics, Physics, Programming, Student Assistants,


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