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Fiona Brömer

Fiona Brömer studied Computer Engineering at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences. Since 2022, she has been working at the DLR Institute for Software Technology as a research assistant in the Onboard Software Systems group, primarily in the area of error detection.

She is also writing her doctoral thesis in the same field and plans to incorporate the results of the test campaign into it.

 

Posts from Fiona Brömer

Space | 03. November 2023

On Earth instead of in space – satellite software tested using a particle accelerator

I never thought I would get this close to a particle accelerator – and yet here I am at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, standing next to such an impressive facility. As a developer of onboard software for spacecraft, I’m normally happy when the correct lights flash. There are lights here too, but it is still very different. We're working in a nearly deserted huge research facility in the middle of the night. But that doesn't mean it is quiet – due to the many technical systems that run around the clock, there is always a backdrop of flashing status lights, noisy ventilation systems and the occasional beeping device. During the day, the proton beam generated by the accelerator facility is reserved for cancer patients undergoing proton therapy. And for four nights, it is now generating space conditions for the DLR Scalable On-board computing for Space Avionics (ScOSA) project. read more