Course paper / final thesis, Student placement

Telescopes for Optical Satellite Data Reception

Starting date

2 July 2018

Duration of contract

6 months


According to German TVöD 5

Type of employment


"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Your mission:

Short Description:

The Optical Communications Group at DLR-Oberpfaffenhofen investigates new technologies to increase the data throughput between Satellites and Ground Stations, by employing free-space optical (FSO) links.

Such advanced technologies require sophisticated setups in space- and ground-segment. However for relaxed requirements regarding data rate and reliability, and for testing of new space assets, more basic ground station assemblies appear feasible.

In this thesis a simplified setup for tracking LEO satellites employing standard algorithms and possibly further sensors, shall be implemented and tested.

The thesis shall comprise the following:

  • research and testing of existing telescope hardware and control software
  • tracking-tests with various passive and cooperative targets
  • optimization of electronic setup by cameras and filters
  • reporting on performance testing

Your qualifications:

  • study of Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or similar
  • we expect knowledge of operating according devices, as well as flexibility and an autonomous mode of working
  • advantageous: experience with Matlab programming and astronomical control software
  • keywords: LEO satellite tracking, astronomical telescope, free space optical communications

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Dr. Dirk Giggenbach
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 81 53282-821

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