Internship | New technologies for space objects imaging and classification with radar

The number of orbiting satellites is growing exponentially. Monitoring the outer space has therefore become essential. Radar can provide a wealth of information of observed space objects, the challenge lies in extracting this information.


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

In the past years, the number of satellites that are yearly launched is growing exponentially. Only in 2020 (as of 2 December 2020), 955 satellites have been launched compared to 386 of the previous year.
When applied with optimal techniques, radar can provide a wealth of information on the observed object. In this project we explore new methods for image and classify outer space objects, with focus on LEO satellites. 

You will perform this assignment in the Department of Radar Technology. The department is at the heart of novel, game-changing radar system and signal processing concepts for the military, space and civil domains.
The activities for this internship range from algorithm optimization to study new methods imaging and classification with radar data.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

You are in the final stages of your bachelor’s or master’s degree in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering or a similar degree and you have a track record in the field of signal processing. You have experience in programming in Matlab or Phython, you are pragmatic and focused on making things work. Knowledge of space dynamics is a plus. Next to technical expertise we value communication skills and a results-driven attitude.

What you’ll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; an internship gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable internship compensation.

TNO as an employer

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With approximately 5000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. 

The selection process

For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. Please visit for more information the AIVD website

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Contact: Miguel Caro Cuenca
Phone number: +31(0)88-86 62194

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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