Rejoignez l'EPFL Spacecraft Team! 

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Acquérir de l'expérience sur de vrais projets

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Appliquer la théorie dans la pratique

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Développez vos compétences en leadership et en gestion de projet

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Travailler sur un projet ambitieux

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Lancez votre carrière d'ingénieur

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Développez votre réseau en rencontrant des professionnels de l'industrie

Ce qui importe, ce n'est pas seulement ce que vous savez actuellement, mais ce que vous êtes prêt à apprendre.

La motivation, la curiosité, l'autonomie et la proactivité sont essentielles pour nous.

Qu'est-ce qui t'intéresse ?

  Technique  

System Engineering

Model Based Systems Engineering


Type of project: Semester project / Association / Master thesis Participants: 2 - 4 students Section: STI, Minor in Space Tech or System Eng Description: In this project, you will join the CHESS mission at the end of Phase B, and you will contribute in bringing the mission to the next milestone, the PDR. To achieve this goal, you will need to focus on different tasks, mainly ICDs and Risk Analysis. The interface control documents (ICDs) are key to the CHESS mission. They define how the different components, subsystems of the satellite interact with each other to fulfill the mission’s objectives. The higher level architecture and requirements have been defined (mostly), we now need your help to dive into the specifics. The Risk Analysis identifies the possible failures of the system and it defines strategies to mitigate the causes and effects. Tasks:

  • Familiarize yourself with the mission. As a system engineer it is your responsibility to be very well informed and be able to answer most questions or find the answers.
  • Communicate with members from the other poles and universities to get information on the evolution of the subsystems development.
  • Decompose the problem into manageable tasks.
  • Make relevant design trade offs.
  • Adapt to the situation.
  • Be comfortable not knowing something and keep looking.
  • Update the model of the satellite on Valispace (software) when necessary.
  • Most importantly: be curious and enthusiastic about the work and the association! It will make it that much more fun.
Preferred background courses:
  • Space Technologies minor
  • Spacecraft Design and System Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
  • Or similar knowledge, system engineering mentality




Testing engineer


Type of project: Semester project / Association Participants: 2 - 3 students Section: STI Description: We are starting to work on real satellite hardware. The Assembly Integration and Testing (AIT) phase is one of the most critical phases of any space project. It is not permitted to have issues with the system once the satellite is launched. A small error may result in a mission failure. The AIT allows to make sure that all the subsystems will work as expected in order to have a successful mission. We should have a first version of our On-Board-Computer, the Power system board and the ADCS module Tasks:

  • Understand the roles and functions of the different subsystems which were bought.
  • Create a list of test procedures which need to be performed on all newly bought subsystems.
  • Test each subsystem individually according to this list.
  • Work together with the Flight Software and OBC team.





Power System

Partnership coordinator


Type of project: Association Participants: 3 students Section: Any Description: Funding a multi-million space mission is not an easy task. Private sponsoring plays an important part of this project to be launched. Tasks:

  • Design a sponsorship proposal
  • Investigate new sponsoring opportunities
  • Maintain relationships with external companies who are interested in sponsoring us.
  • Come up with your own ideas
Preferred background courses:
  • Soft skills





Attitude Determination & Control System (ADCS)

Model Based Systems Engineering


Type of project: Semester project / Association / Master thesis Participants: 2 - 4 students Section: STI, Minor in Space Tech or System Eng Description: In this project, you will join the CHESS mission at the end of Phase B, and you will contribute in bringing the mission to the next milestone, the PDR. To achieve this goal, you will need to focus on different tasks, mainly ICDs and Risk Analysis. The interface control documents (ICDs) are key to the CHESS mission. They define how the different components, subsystems of the satellite interact with each other to fulfill the mission’s objectives. The higher level architecture and requirements have been defined (mostly), we now need your help to dive into the specifics. The Risk Analysis identifies the possible failures of the system and it defines strategies to mitigate the causes and effects. Tasks:

  • Familiarize yourself with the mission. As a system engineer it is your responsibility to be very well informed and be able to answer most questions or find the answers.
  • Communicate with members from the other poles and universities to get information on the evolution of the subsystems development.
  • Decompose the problem into manageable tasks.
  • Make relevant design trade offs.
  • Adapt to the situation.
  • Be comfortable not knowing something and keep looking.
  • Update the model of the satellite on Valispace (software) when necessary.
  • Most importantly: be curious and enthusiastic about the work and the association! It will make it that much more fun.
Preferred background courses:
  • Space Technologies minor
  • Spacecraft Design and System Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
  • Or similar knowledge, system engineering mentality




Testing engineer


Type of project: Semester project / Association Participants: 2 - 3 students Section: STI Description: We are starting to work on real satellite hardware. The Assembly Integration and Testing (AIT) phase is one of the most critical phases of any space project. It is not permitted to have issues with the system once the satellite is launched. A small error may result in a mission failure. The AIT allows to make sure that all the subsystems will work as expected in order to have a successful mission. We should have a first version of our On-Board-Computer, the Power system board and the ADCS module Tasks:

  • Understand the roles and functions of the different subsystems which were bought.
  • Create a list of test procedures which need to be performed on all newly bought subsystems.
  • Test each subsystem individually according to this list.
  • Work together with the Flight Software and OBC team.





Structure

Partnership coordinator


Type of project: Association Participants: 3 students Section: Any Description: Funding a multi-million space mission is not an easy task. Private sponsoring plays an important part of this project to be launched. Tasks:

  • Design a sponsorship proposal
  • Investigate new sponsoring opportunities
  • Maintain relationships with external companies who are interested in sponsoring us.
  • Come up with your own ideas
Preferred background courses:
  • Soft skills





Flight Software

Partnership coordinator


Type of project: Association Participants: 3 students Section: Any Description: Funding a multi-million space mission is not an easy task. Private sponsoring plays an important part of this project to be launched. Tasks:

  • Design a sponsorship proposal
  • Investigate new sponsoring opportunities
  • Maintain relationships with external companies who are interested in sponsoring us.
  • Come up with your own ideas
Preferred background courses:
  • Soft skills





On-Board-Computer (OBC)

Implementation of the Ardon SoC


Type of project: Semester project / Association Participants: 1 - 2 students Section: MT, elec, syscom, others Description: You’ll implement the SoC inside the FPGA which is the core of our OBC. Our SoC will be developed from Briey SoC which will be the basis of your work. The main parts to implement (not pre-existing) are the RAM control, the watchdog and some bitflip correction.
As our SoC will be written in SpinalHDL you’ll have to learn the language. This won’t be a problem given a VHDL background. Feel free to contact michael.linder@epfl.ch for any questions. Tasks:

  • VHDL / SpinalHDL development
Preferred background and skills:
  • VHDL (You’ll learn SpinalHDL quite fast), electronics




PCB development and testing


Type of project: Semester project / Association Participants: 1 - 2 students Section: MT, elec, syscom, others Description: You will participate in the testing and development of the on-board computer PCB. The first prototype has been manufactured and needs to be tested! This includes actual hardware testing as well as the programming of some raspberry pi’s to simulate the other components. In addition you will work on the future modifications of the board and assure its functionality. Feel free to contact michael.linder@epfl.ch for any questions. Tasks:

  • Testing and verification of hardware-components
  • Testing and verification of interfaces to other subsystems
Preferred background and skills:
  • Electronics, embedded system design, PCB-design, simple microcontroller programming is a plus.





Telecommunication

Ground station emulation vhf/uhf communication


Type of project: Semester project / Association Participants: 2 - 3 students Section: Elec, STI, others Description: Telecommand and telemetry data between the satellite and the ground station is provided via a vhf/uhf radiolink. An emulation of the ground station is required to test the satellite terminal. Within the scope of this work, the functions of a simple ground station are to be implemented on the basis of a commercially available SDR hardware. Tasks: Your task is to develop and implement the TC/TM modem functionality on the ground station side. In particular, the following focal points are to be worked on:

  • Definition of the TC/TM protocol commands in consultation with the project partners concerned .
  • Implementation and test of a suitable GUI application for the local generation of TC commands and the decoding of received TM commands.
  • Implementation and test of the channel coding for the uplink and downlink radio channels according to project requirements. channel according to project requirements.
Preferred background and skills:
  • Matlab, Gnu Radio advantageous
  • Soft skills




Baseband electronics for X-band communication terminal


Type of project: Semester project / Association Participants: 1 students Section: Elec, STI, others Description: A radiolink in the 10 GHz range is provided for the transmission of scientific data. For the transmitter part on the satellite side, the baseband electronics will be designed and built as a prototype. Tasks: In particular, the following focal points need to be worked on:

  • Familiarise yourself with the project
  • Identify and describe function blocks for baseband signal processing.
  • Evaluate commercially available components
  • Prototype and characterise key functions (e.g. modulation)
Preferred background and skills:
  • System simulation with AWR Design software advantageous
  • Soft skills




Power amplifier for x-band (10 GHz)


Type of project: Semester project / Association Participants: 1 students Section: Elec, STI, others Description: The transmitting unit in the satellite requires a power amplifier for a frequency in the range of 10 GHz. The design should be based on components that are not subject to export restrictions by the USA. Within the scope of the semester project, an amplifier design is to be built and tested with the help of the supplier's specifications. Tasks: In particular, the following focal points need to be worked on:

  • Familiarise yourself with the project
  • Identify and describe the functional blocks for power amplification
  • Evaluate commercially available components
  • Prototype and characterise key functions (e.g. driver, pa)
Preferred background and skills:
  • System simulation with AWR Design software advantageous
  • Soft skills





Mission Design

Communication manager


Type of project: Association Participants: 2 students Section: Any Description: Setting a solid communication strategy is essential for an association. The same applies for the CHESS space mission, we need to advertise it in Switzerland and abroad. Tasks:

  • Improve the communication strategy (EPFL Spacecraft Team identity)
  • Events organization
  • Communication on social media
  • Bring your own ideas!

One of these skills is a big plus:
  • Photography
  • Social network




Web Designer & Graphic Designer


Type of project: Association Participants: 2 students Section: Any Description: Any strong communication strategy mean good website and nice visuals Tasks:

  • Video editing
  • Graphic design
  • Webmaster
One of these skills is a big plus:
  • Adobe suite
  • Wordpress, HTML, CSS, JS





  Management  

Sponsoring

Partnership coordinator


Type of project: Association Participants: 3 students Section: Any Description: Funding a multi-million space mission is not an easy task. Private sponsoring plays an important part of this project to be launched. Tasks:

  • Design a sponsorship proposal
  • Investigate new sponsoring opportunities
  • Maintain relationships with external companies who are interested in sponsoring us.
  • Come up with your own ideas
Preferred background courses:
  • Soft skills





Communication

Communication manager


Type of project: Association Participants: 2 students Section: Any Description: Setting a solid communication strategy is essential for an association. The same applies for the CHESS space mission, we need to advertise it in Switzerland and abroad. Tasks:

  • Improve the communication strategy (EPFL Spacecraft Team identity)
  • Events organization
  • Communication on social media
  • Bring your own ideas!

One of these skills is a big plus:
  • Photography
  • Social network




Web Designer & Graphic Designer


Type of project: Association Participants: 2 students Section: Any Description: Any strong communication strategy mean good website and nice visuals Tasks:

  • Video editing
  • Graphic design
  • Webmaster
One of these skills is a big plus:
  • Adobe suite
  • Wordpress, HTML, CSS, JS