A Self-Deploying Space Mast System Using Eddy Current Damping (17/11)

CompanyOxford Space Systems

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Company Description: Oxford Space Systems (OSS), one of the UK’s emerging stars of the new space age is looking to recruit a talented and commercially aware intern, based in the UK, to work on an exciting project using a new material invented by OSS. OSS is a multi-award winning, venture capital backed early stage space technology business that is pioneering the development of a new generation of deployable structures for the global space industry.

Project Description:

The primary activity will be to design, build and test a microcontroller based deployment and retraction system. This will be used to control a self-deploying mast, based on Oxford Space Systems’ proprietary flexible composite material.

The project will involve the control of a mast that’s approximately 2m in length when fully deployed.  We expect to use some form of damping system to ensure the gentle release and controlled release of the mast. This is likely to be achieved via eddy current damping.

The control system is desired to achieve the following:

  1. Controlled release from the mast from a stowed configuration
  2. Record the deployment time and number of deployments
  3. Be able to re-stow the mast in a controlled manner into an outer containment tube

The student is not expected to have all the answers!  OSS has a number of friendly experts on hand to ensure the success of a project that is very important to the company.  It is hoped that the outcome of this project will be showcased to OSS’ clients and also be exhibited at conferences; and thus forms a vital part of OSS’ technology portfolio.

Student Specification:

  • Basic understanding of DC motor control
  • Reasonable confidence in C and C++ programming
  • Experience with a 32-bit Microcontroller – ARM cortex M3, M4 and STM32 series MCUs preferred
  • Basic understanding of ADCs, timers and PWM signals.
  • Ability to work on their own and as a part of the team is crucial

The Nitty Gritty:

Work period and internship start date to be agreed with successful candidate but ideally OSS would like the student to be with them for 12 months. Salary commensurate with National Minimum Wage.  (Induction Day will be at Harwell on 26 June)

Closing Date for Applications: This role is now closed.

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