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 subsystems integrated in the nose cone should be standardized, allowing for modular payloads as 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 research the feasibility of integrating the satellite design into the nose cone of a launch vehicle.
Tasks to be foreseen in the project
- Determine satellite subsystems needed
- Determine the shape of the nose cone based on aircraft limitations, aerodynamics, rocket performance and required volume with the use of the available NLR launch tool
- Configure satellite subsystems into the nose cone, taking into account system requirements (such as power, temperature, etc.)
- Design the interface of the standardized subsystems with payload and satellite bus
- Develop a “manual” of payload requirements to be met for easy integration in the nose cone satellite
- Perforrm an overall mission analysis with regards to cost, time and risk
The following outcome of the internship is expected:
- An internship report
- A design of a satellite integrated nose cone (3D)
- 4th year master student in the following field:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Interest in satellite design, rocketry and/or systems
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.
More information? Contact: Alexander Haagsma, ASIS
t) +31(0)88 511 33 94
Apply by emailing your motivation letter and CV to Alexander Haagsma, Alexander.Haagsma@nlr.nl
Datum : 01/05/2021
Locatie : Amsterdam
Uren : 40
Opleidingsniveau : Master
Werkniveau : Afstudeerstage
Achtergrond : Aerospace Engineering