Student placement, Internship

System Testing and Implementation of communication protocol for CubeSats

Starting date

6 March 2019

Duration of contract

4-6 months


up 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:

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.

Your qualifications:

  • study of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or similar
  • hobby projects and/or hands on experience in MSP430
  • very good knowledge of C
  • experience in implementing communication protocols is advantageous
  • hands-on experience with electronics and lab equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes) is preferred

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 places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Technical contact

Mr. Anil Morab Vishwanath
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-1641

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