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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.

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. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

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New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
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Project:  Study of Coded Interleaving Systems for Multipath Fading Space Links
Disciplines:  Other , Communications and Networking
Mentor:  Marc Sanchez Net, (JPL), marc.sanchez.net@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-1650
Background:  NASA is interested in landing robotic and human missions on the South Pole of the Moon in the current decade. A unique challenge to these missions is the fact links with Earth will be heavily impared by multipath fading effects, which are uncommon in space communications.
Description:  Under this announcement of opportunity, students will study the performance of coded interleaving systems when operating over space links impared by multipath fading effects. The study will be performed using a combination of analytical methods and high-fidelity simulations, as well as empirical data obtained from channel measurements obtained using the Deep Space Network. Additionally, student will have the opportunity to learn about non-conventional challenges to space communication such as the effects of solar and atmospheric scintillation, and multipath reflections from the lunar surface.
References:  Kar-Ming Cheung, David D. Morabito, Marc Sanchez Net. " Design and Modeling of a Coded-Interleaving System in the Presence of Fading." 2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference. IEEE, 2021.
Student Requirements:  Interest in communications and networking.
Background in coding theory and interleaving systems.
Backgroung in probability theory and stochastic processing
Solid coding skills in Python and Matlab.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: .
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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