Software Defined Radio (SDR) development for Nanosat Ground Segment (Ref 17/23)

Company: Satellite Applications Catapult, Applied Digital Intelligence Team

Location: Harwell, Oxford


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:

The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to develop software for a Software Defined Radio (SDR) to be used in our Satellite Ground-station based in Goonhilly. The software will be used to decode telemetry received from satellites to demonstrate the downlink capability and will later be developed for real missions. The successful applicant will be able to track satellites and record signals. That will include developing their knowledge of SDRs, of satellite operations and communications as well as using advanced mission planning and analysis tools.

You must be eligible to work in the UK

Minimum requirements: Knowledge of SDRs, satellite ground and space systems and mission analysis desirable.

Preferred Additional Requirements: Target courses: Electronic engineering/communication systems/computer science

The Nitty Gritty: 8 weeks fixed-term contract to be agreed with successful candidate but nominally with a start date around 26 June which is also the SPIN Induction day at Harwell. Salary is £1,500 per calendar month. (guide only)

Closing Date for Applications: This role is now closed.

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