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Optical Communication Payloads: Analysis for Sustainable Satellite Constellations

Starting date

1. March 2022

Duration of contract

6 Months


up to German TVöD 5

Type of employment


The optical communication group of DLR’s Institute of Communications and Navigation develops experimental laser communication systems for optical data links between airborne carriers such as airplanes or satellites and optical ground stations as well as demonstrator platforms for testbed system verifications. The system development covers several disciplines such as optics, mechanics, electronics and programming.

The successful applicant will support our team in the development of an analytical approach on the evaluation of LEO and GEO Satellite Constellation options. Foremost, she/he will perform tradeoff analysis and develops evaluation models for Mission costs, CapEx and OpEx, coverage, complexity, orbital pollution and environmental impact. Literature review on Satellite Optical Communication and Space System and Mission Design would conclude the theoretical part, which shall be followed by the development of evaluation models for the different aspects on programming languages such as MATLAB or Python, to assess the impact and the characteristics of different Satellite  Constellation options.

It is an excellent opportunity to work in a cutting-edge topic, gain experience on Mission Design, and improve your engineering skills.


  • Mission Drivers for Satellite Constellations identification
  • programming of Python or Matlab evaluation tools
  • Data Presentation

Your qualifications:

  • study direction of aerospace / communications / electronic engineering
  • experience with MATLAB or Python programming languages
  • knowledge of space communication market is an advantage
  • interest in (satellite) 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 unparalleled 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 (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Samuele Raffa
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 28-1601

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