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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 2019 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:  Test and Characterization of Europa Clippers REASON Sounding Radar
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering
Mentor:  Mark Fischman, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-3862
Background:  NASAs Europa Clipper REASON (Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-Surface) instrument will profile below the icy surface of Jupiters moon for the first time, potentially leading to exciting scientific discoveries about the existence of a liquid water ocean. REASON is a 9- and 60-MHz, pulsed-chirp sounding radar aboard the Europa Clipper spacecraft that will make observations of Europas surface and sub-surface during flybys of the moon. The electronics for the REASON radar is currently in its Engineering Model (EM) development phase, with EM radar Integration & Test (I&T) activities starting in the spring of 2019. The I&T team is preparing for an involved test program with the EM hardware that includes configurations with custom-built Electronic Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) for verifying radar functionality and performance.
Description:  You will participate as a member of the REASON I&T team to develop Radar Target Simulator EGSE test scenarios for verifying radar measurement performance (e.g., radar receiver phase and amplitude stability, linearity, frequency response) and then help analyze and interpret the results.

Your main activities will include:
- To become familiar with how the Target Sim Arbitrary Waveform Generator EGSE hardware and firmware system works;
- To define one or more important simulated echo test cases, with REASON team consultation;
- To write or use existing software to generate waveforms for your proposed test case;
- To work with I&T to develop a procedure for Target Sim waveform testing with EM hardware;
- To witness and provide support during EM lab testing;
- To analyze and assess post-processed radar science output data with assistance from REASON system engineering.

This project concludes with a report on your chosen test case(s), how you implemented the tests, and your findings on radar performance results.
Student Requirements:  - Electrical Engineering, esp. circuits & systems, signal processing.
- RF/Microwave engineering.
- Radar systems.
- Software languages: C/C++, Python, MATLAB.
- Familiarity with commercial test equipment and with graphical user interfaces for controlling the equipment.
- Familiarity with Wiki page creation and editing (for communication with the I&T team).
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: Yes.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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