47817: Student Electrical Engineering or similar - Electronics & Firmware Design and Implementation for an Optical Ground Station

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Communications and Navigation



Area of research:

Scientific support staff



Job description:

Free Space Optical (FSO) communication systems not only overcome the bandwidth limitations of RF systems, but also offer improved power efficiency, security and size compared to their traditional counterparts. Furthermore FSO is the opener and mandatory for Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) over large distances. The Optical Communication Systems Group at the Institute of Communications and Navigation has its own optical ground station for a wide range of experiments including optical up- and downlinks to satellites.


In this position you would need to tackle the challenges that come together with the development of electronics, such as designing a printed circuit board (PCB) for data processing using a micro-controller. Thus it also includes writing the firmware for it. For the digital data to be handled, various interfaces are to be implemented such as UART and Ethernet. Using the micro-controller, the received data needs to be encoded and reshaped to a particular analogue signal. Being involved with the project from beginning to the end you would get the chance to see the end result of your work implemented in the Optical Ground Station and first tests done with a CubeSat.



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Quote Reference: 47817