Internship | Space-based Transmitters of Opportunity for Passive Radar
About this position
Passive radars are defined as a technology that uses signals transmitted by other (communication) systems (i.e., transmitters of opportunity), to perform target detection and parameter estimation (e.g., position, velocity, size, etc.) of the target. Recently, several companies have deployed broadband low-orbit communication satellite constellations (e.g., Starlink, OneWeb, Kuiper Systems) to provide global internet access services. These emerging constellations are considered promising candidates as space-based transmitters of opportunity for passive radar applications due to their advantageous characteristics in terms of global coverage, high bandwidth, high transmitted power, and network density and robustness. However, one of the main challenges posed for the opportunistic use of their transmissions is the lack of publicly available information about their signal properties.
What will be your role?
The goal of the internship is to analyse and experimentally validate the possibility of using space-based transmitters of opportunity for passive radar applications.
The approach is as following:
- Characterize the signals (based on open literature) of several space-based transmitters of opportunity and analyse these in terms of performances for passive radar applications (e.g., detection range, coverage, resolution, etc.).
- Evaluate the signal characterisation of selected transmitters of opportunity by performing real-world measurements of the direct signals (in collaboration with the Radar Technology department of TNO) in terms of performances for passive radar applications (e.g., ambiguity function).
- Design a passive radar system architecture based on space-based transmitters of opportunity.
During the thesis, you can fall back on the expertise in the TNO Radar Department.
What we expect from you
We are looking for an enthusiastic MSc. student with affinity for radar technology! Preferably with some background knowledge on radar systems and experience in MATLAB and/or Python.
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.
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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.
For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Read more about security screening on the AIVD website.
Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.
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