SPIN -Catapult - Signal Processing of Satellite Communications for Signals of Opportunity PNT


Employment Type Internship
Location On site · Didcot, UK (Electron Building, Fermi Ave, Harwell, Oxford OX11 0QR)
Salary £4,000 (GBP)
Team Future Systems
Seniority Junior
  • Closing: 5:30pm, 23rd Feb 2024 GMT

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Job Description

Project Description:

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GPS & GNSS technologies are ubiquitous and heavily relied upon for applications which require Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT), however they can be susceptible to jamming & spoofing.

Alternative PNT solutions are now being explored to provide resilience, one of these is by exploiting “Signals of Opportunity” (SoOp). All Satellite Communications signals are synchronised to their network time, so by intercepting these signals, it is possible to leverage this synchronisation to obtain a timing reference. With multiple satellites received at a single epoch, it becomes possible to estimate position.

At Satellite Applications Catapult, we are exploring multi-signal solutions for SoOp PNT. This opportunity looks at exploring the availability of these signals and characterising them, with a view to exploring digital signal processing techniques that can distinguish between multiple signals. There is the opportunity to explore machine learning algorithms to distinguish between multiple satellite signals.

At the end of the 2 months, the candidate will have captured, processed and characterised available satellite communications signals. The candidate will have an improved understanding in Satellite Communications and digital signal processing.

Applicant Specification:

The candidate will have experience in either MATLAB or Python. The candidate will be familiar with communications technologies and will have some basic knowledge of machine learning applications. The candidate will have a good understanding of Engineering and be comfortable with complex systems thinking and problem solving.

Minimum requirements:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint).

  • Keenness to learn new digital signal processing techniques.

  • Basic proficiency in Python or Matlab.

  • Problem solving skills and teamwork.

    Passion and enthusiasm

  • To have enthusiasm for the space industry and a passion for learning new things.

    Process details:

  • 8 weeks minimum fixed term contract to be agreed with successful candidate

  • In-person Induction Event to be held on 24th June 2024, and an in-person/hybrid Showcase Event

  • 5 days holiday to be taken during the placement

How we work:

We strive to create a high trust environment that enables team members to bring their whole selves to work – this helps to create the foundations of an innovation culture. Our shared values are critical to this:

  • We care - for our people, our partners, and our planet

  • We connect - and engage with people and ideas

  • We learn - and grow, as people and as an industry

Underpinning this is our belief in great teams, our combined efforts will always deliver outcomes beyond that of any individual providing we are honest through debate, experiment and reflect, and create shared resolutions in support of our purpose. Live these values, work to our principles, take ownership to deliver, and we are certain you will thrive with us.

This job description set outs the skills and experience we believe are needed to be able to do this job but, research also tells us women are much more likely than men to take this list of requirements as absolute and self-select out of the process. If you think you can deliver this role then we want to hear from you, regardless of the boxes you didn’t tick.

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