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Project:  Optical and RF Spacecraft Downlink Signal Processors
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Mentor:  Arby Argueta, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-6874
Background:  The Deep Space Network (DSN) is responsible for maintaining reliable communications with various NASA spacecraft. By recording the spacecraft data, analysts are able to process the data with new algorithms and provide new capabilities for the DSN. In order to support this task, parallelized processing algorithms, software and firmware must be developed.
Description:  The candidate will work with engineers and analysts to develop and implement algorithms on cloud computing and GPU platforms. The candidate will work with engineers and analysts to extend the capabilities of an existing software algorithm suite used to process radio downlink signals from spacecraft (RF and Optical). This task may also include the development and testing of synchronization algorithms related to optical communication and optical arraying. This task may also include the testing of a high rate 640Msps firmware receiver and decoder as well as extending its capabilities. In addition, the candidate may also work on developing and testing network frameworks for future CubeSat missions. The candidate may also be directed to support additional tasks at the direction of the mentor.
References:  Andrews, K. S., A. Argueta, N. E. Lay, M. Lyubarev, E. H. Sigman, M. Srinivasan, and R. Navarro, "Reconfigurable Wideband Ground Receiver Hardware Description and Laboratory Performance," IPN PR 42-180, pp. 1-22, February 15, 2010. ( http://ipnpr/progress_report/42-180/180D.pdf) Lay, N., A. Argueta, A. Tkacenko, M. Srinivasan, and K. Andrews, "Reconfigurable Wideband Ground Receiver Field Testing," IPN PR 42-191, pp. 1-13, November 15, 2012. ( http://ipnpr/progress_report/42-191/191A.pdf)
Student Requirements:  Required: strong background in electrical engineering, computer science; Experience in Linux, C/C++, Matlab, Verilog / VHDL/System Verilog,Cuda,OpenACC
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

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