Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Den Haag
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Enabling 5G based UAV/drone operations

About this position

Ever increasing capabilities of Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can be helpful in numerous applications. The goal of the internship is to implement command and control of UAVs using 5G communication links. This proof of concept aims to assess how 5G controlled UAVs could be used for remote operations. Real life validation will be performed in Unmanned Valley field lab.

What will be your role?

Liquid Bulk Cargo accounts for approximately 30% of the total maritime cargo shipping. Crude oil, petrol, liquified natural gas, fruit juices, vegetable oil are examples of liquid bulk cargo. An important part of the liquid transport is liquid bulk cargo sampling - a process in which quality/status of the liquid is tested and verified and is important for organization of loading and unloading, timely preparation of industrial assets/processes, identification of possible contamination/quality degradation. Liquid sampling is performed on various locations either on land or off-shore e.g., in a tanker ship. At present, the sampling is performed manually by liquid bulk surveyors. A possible way to simplify the sampling process would be to involve Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) i.e., drones. Drones could fly to the point where sampling needs to be performed, collect the samples and return them to the laboratory. This approach results in reduced costs and improve efficiency. In such case existence of a reliable communication system is essential to support droning operations. The goal of this project is to make use of 5G system to facilitate flight command and control as well as data (e.g. video content) transfer.

Being supported by the mentor and experienced TNO researchers - the intern will conduct the following activities:

  • Theoretical study on 5G system and its capabilities e.g., data rates, coverage, latency. Special focus will be on identification of 5G features that are relevant for the UAV based liquid bulk sampling.
  • Definition of a 5G based solution that facilitates 5G based UAV operation.
  • Implementation of the selected solution on TNO 5G experimental platform. This would account for activities such as configuration or programming of various network nodes e.g., 5G modem, 5G radio access and core network. In this process existing open-source or TNO implementations could be re-used and adapted where needed.
  • Validation of the implantation using UAV in the Unmanned Valley field lab https://unmannedvalley.nl/en/.

What we expect from you

  • Interest in 5G mobile communication networks (HTS or TU students are encouraged to apply)
  • Affinity with hands-on implementation is essential for conducting this internship
  • Good programming skills
  • Good command of English both written and spoken

What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement 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 work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

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