Project: STAR-Dundee designs signal and image processing systems and data communications networks for use on-board spacecraft. STAR-Dundee played a leading role in the research and development of the SpaceWire spacecraft on-board network technology, which is now being used on more than 100 spacecraft. It is currently working on the next generation, high-performance, high-availability spacecraft network technology, SpaceFibre, which can run over electrical or fibre optic cables. SpaceFibre will be used to interconnect image and other sensors on-board a spacecraft to the on-board processing and data-storage sub-systems.
The OCIPSA project will research and develop optical communication technology and image processing technology for space applications. It will explore the use of fibre optics in high-availability SpaceFibre networks, considering lane and link redundancy to provide the high reliability and high availability capabilities required on-board a spacecraft. Experimentation is expected to include the design (in VHDL for FPGAs) of digital communication protocol engines driving fibre optics, the construction of fault tolerant networks, the integration of an image sensor and image processing application, and the overall evaluation of the performance of the fibre optic network in the event of transient, persistent and permanent lane and link failures.
1st class or 2:1 Electronic Engineering or related degree.
Interest in space technology or astronomy.
Experience of VHDL or Verilog design.
Experience of electronic circuit design.
Experience of FPGA design.
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Ability to work in a team.
Knowledge of digital signal processing.
Knowledge of image processing.
Experience of software development.