ADCS simulation and control for picosatellites (16/24)

Company: Satellite Applications Catapult

Location: Harwell Oxford, Missions Team

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. We help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

Based in Harwell, near Didcot, the Catapult was established in May 2013 by Innovate UK as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth. We are a not-for-profit research organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board.

Student Specification

In order to enable more advanced mission concepts, a robust ADCS system is required for the Satellite Applications Catapult PocketQube system. There is a requirement for an environment to emulate the rotational motion of a small satellite on orbit. This role will be responsible for studying the feasibility, design and implementation of a Helmholtz coil arrangement to emulate the Earth’s magnetic field strength and orientation. There will also be an opportunity to test the solution using a Catapult PocketQube satellite.

You must be eligible to work in the UK

Minimum Requirements:

  • Hands-on experience implementing theory through experiment design. Understanding of magnetic field theory, electronics and control beneficial.

Preferred Additional Requirements:

Target courses: Electronics / Physics

The Nitty Gritty

8 weeks fixed term contract to be agreed with successful candidate but nominally with a start date around 27 June which is also the SPIN student induction day at Harwell. Salary is £1,500 per calendar month. (guide only)

Closing Date for Applications: 15 April

Applications will be through the online form attaching a CV, before the closing date. They will be checked for eligibility and forwarded to the employer.

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