Multi-Mission Satellite Link Budget Analysis Framework (16/22)

Company: Satellite Applications Catapult

Location: Harwell Oxford, SatComms 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.

Background on the Project

Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing is one of the greatest challenges facing our oceans today. As many as 1 in 5 fish are caught illegally, costing $23.5 Billion to the global economy annually. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals highlights the sustainable use of our oceans as a key target. By 2020 the aim is to effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices. Maritime surveillance is one technique for monitoring global fishing activity which utilises satellite data, including AIS and both optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth observation data. Whilst algorithms for the detection of ships using SAR are advanced, there is further potential for exploiting optical EO data for the detection and identification of ships.

Spintern Specification

Development of and Advanced Software Framework for Satellite Link Budget and Interference Analysis in 2D. The core activity is the extension of the existing core library and the implementation of a state-of-the-art Web based user interface. The candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in the design of a tool for sizing advanced satellite system concepts and work with an interdisciplinary team ranging from satellite mission analysis, communications systems, software engineering and user interface design.

You must be eligible to work in the UK.

Minimum requirements

  • Final year and strong background Computer Science, Software Engineering
  • Web Programming: Javascript, Python
  • Web Service API
  • Knowledge of Google Earth/Maps interface programming
  • Knowledge of Relational Database (SQL, SQLite, SpatiaLite)

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 induction day at Harwell. Salary is £1,500 per calendar month. (guide only)

Closing Date for Applications: 6 May

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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