Prototype Propulsion for Micro Satellite (16/28)

Company: Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

Location: Guildford, Surrey

Company Description

SSTL is the world’s leading small satellite company, delivering operational space missions for a range of applications including Earth observation, science and communications. The Company designs, manufactures and operates high performance satellites and ground systems for a fraction of the price normally associated with space missions, with 450 staff working on turnkey satellite platforms, space-proven satellite subsystems and optical instruments.

Since 1981, SSTL has built and launched 47 satellites for 20 international customers – as well as providing training and development programmes, consultancy services, with an innovative approach that is changing the economics of space

Project Description

Using an outline specification & requirements as a starting point, the Intern will build and test a propulsion system for an upcoming micro satellite. This will involve testing the performance of a kit of parts (valves, tanks, thrusters) and then assembling the kit into a functioning prototype system. The propulsion system will then also be tested for safety and performance. The intern will gain hands on development & test experience of real space hardware and will have to use their initiative to overcome problems that emerge along the way.

Student Specification

  • Aerospace, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • Self-reliant
  • Enthusiastic
  • Quick learner
  • Comfortable with a Spanner

The Nitty Gritty: Start 28 June 2016 (Induction Day will be at Harwell on 27 June), £1,500 pcm

Closing Date for Applications: 28 April 2016

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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