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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  SWOT Xband Telecom GSE Support
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Analog and Digital Communications
Mentor:  Jose Fernandez, (JPL), Jose.E.Fernandez@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-1618
Background:  The Surface Water & Ocean Topography (SWOT) Project is developing an Earth Orbiting spacecraft that will provide the first global survey of Earths surface water. It will measure the surface elevation of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and the ocean using new wide swath Ka-band radar technology developed at NASA. The telecom subsystem will relay science data to Earth at 8 GHz using a dual polarization scheme at 310 Mbps per channel.
Description:  The SWOT Telecommunications (Telecom) Team is looking for a student to support the development of the SWOT telecom simulator and the telecom test equipment. The task involves both hardware and software development. The student will learn basic electronic circuit design, software development using LabVIEW and Python, and how to take RF and digital measurements. This is a hands-on task in the lab working with the engineers responsible for designing and developing this equipment. The work will directly contribute to the success of the telecom flight hardware development. surface elevation of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and the ocean using new wide swath Ka-band radar technology developed at NASA. The telecom subsystem will relay science data to Earth at 8 GHz using a dual polarization scheme at 310 Mbps per channel.
References:  http://swot.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://descanso.jpl.nasa.gov/
Student Requirements:  Basic Math, Physics, and introductory EE and CS classes. Experience in basic electronic circuit design, software development using LabVIEW and/or Python, and familiarity with RF and digital measurements and instrumentation would be desirable but NOT necessary. Student is expected to learn on the job.
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:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.


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