Institute of Communications and Navigation
Area of research:
Scientific support staff,Work placement
Free Space Optical (FSO) communication systems not only overcome the bandwidth limitations of RF systems, but also offer improved power efficiency, security size compared to their traditional counterparts. These characteristics are of very high interest for small satellites, which are an increasingly growing market. The Optical Communication Systems Group at the Institute of Communications and Navigation has been developing an optical communication payload for CubeSats, with the primary goal of demonstrating high speed optical downlinks between a Cubesat and Earth.
This work includes implementing a custom protocol on a Microcontroller for communicating between different subsystems of a CubeSat. This protocol suite shall provide services such as logging, file exchange etc. As part of this work, you will also be involved in extensively testing the software for functionality and to optimize its routines for improved performance. The work will be conducted within a satellite-testbed at DLR.