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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 2017 can be found here.

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

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.

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Project:  Small Satellite Dynamics Testbed Hardware Testing and Software Development
Disciplines:  Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Mentor:  Swati Mohan, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-5305
Background:  The SmallSat Dynamics Testbed (SSDT) is at the forefront of research, development, and testing of SmallSat guidance and control systems. We study the dynamics and controls of SmallSats and CubeSats using flight-like sensors and actuators on air bearing platforms. As a result, the SSDT offers a fast-paced, collaborative work environment where students can make lasting contributions to our facility while learning about guidance and control, CubeSats, and hardware-in-the-loop testing.
Description:  This summer, we are looking for motivated students with software-development skills (in MATLAB and/or C++) who are interested in working on a variety of software projects in the testbed. These projects may include developing algorithms, writing code, and testing the code on our hardware platforms. We are looking to improve our data collection from our sensors, develop autonomous routines for calibration and balancing of our systems, and develop visualizations and GUIs, among other tasks. Experience with Atlas processors and guidance/control systems is a plus.
Student Requirements:  Matlab / C++ coding experience
Control algorithms
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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