Small satellite launchers allow for a responsive launch capability. A previous feasibility study has shown that it is possible to launch a small satellite (10-20 kg) in Low Earth Orbit with an airlaunch using a selected set of aircraft. The idea of integrating the satellite into the nose cone has been proposed, in order to make efficient use of the available space as the rocket size for this airlaunch situation is limited. The payload interfaces should be standardized (especially the mechanical and electrical interfaces), allowing quick swapouts depending on the mission. This will ensure a rapid response possibility for launching various payload options on a standardised platform at various locations around the globe.
The objective of the assignment is to develop a standardized interface (mechanical/electrical) between the small sat platform and the various possible payloads, based on the previous work done.
Tasks to be foreseen in the project:
- Determine connection (electrical/mechanical) method(s) and number of connections required
- Research reliability of the connection method for a space environment and launch vehicle loads
- Design a possible interface between the standardized platform and the payload; both the platform side and the payload side.
- Make recommendations on connection capabilities, limitations and scaling
- With the use of available manufacturing techniques at NLR (such as 3D printing): create a mockup
The following outcome of the internship is expected:
- An internship report
- A design of a standardized connection applicable to the nose cone design in CAD (2D/3D)
- A mockup
- 4th year student in the following fields:
- Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Space Engineering
- Interest in space
- Proficient in using design (CAD) software
- Assertiveness and a can-do attitude to make it a successful project
What we offer
- A challenging graduation project in a high-tech result orientated work environment
- Weekly supervision and availability of the technical staff for support
- An internship allowance
The Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR is the research organization in the Netherlands in the field of aerospace engineering. Around 650 employees highly educated from aircraft engineers to psychologists and from mathematicians to application experts. Visit our NLR media channel on YouTube for a good impression of the organization.
This assignment will be mainly managed by the AI group within the Aerospace Systems and Information Supremacy (ASIS) department.
Send your application, together with your motivation letter and CV to Alexander.Haagsma@nlr.nl. Phone number: +31(0)88 511 33 94. A first selection of candidates will be made ASAP. However more internships related to, and in continuation of, the current one are foreseen. Therefore late responses are also appreciated.
Datum : 01/03/2023
Locatie : NLR Amsterdam/Marknesse
Uren : 40
Opleidingsniveau : HBO/WO
Achtergrond : Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Space Engineering