Satellite Mission Support: Optimised Optical System Design

Location: Adelaide, SA

Duration: 5 months

Proposed start date: ASAP

Please note: Due to the sensitivity and security of this project, students must have Australian Citizenship to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will automatically be deemed ineligible for this project.

Project Background

Inovor Technologies is a South Australian company offering specialist development services and satellite mission solutions. Inovor provide turnkey nanosatellite solutions for clients using our Apogee nanosatellite bus. The Apogee bus provides the power, pointing, mission control and telemetry systems all integrated into a lightweight modular structure.

Inovor have also developed a nanosatellite-based space situational awareness (SSA) mission to support the global space network is in development, as is a smart Earth imaging mission for direct-to-user services. The Hyperion mission will support the global SSA effort using a constellation of 12U nanosatellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), observing the Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and GEO orbital bands. Hyperion will provide large amounts of disparate data into the SSN.

Inovor is developing several satellite mission applications and are looking for a PhD student that can help them support the imaging payload development, including optics design and imager selection.

Research to be Conducted

Inovor are interested in developing a mission optimised optical system design, including an optic and the imaging pipeline.

This imaging system will need to conform to small satellite volume constraints and accommodate all other critical satellite bus systems around the imager. The student would work under the supervision of an optics specialist to develop an optical design and an image collection pipeline, and be supported by electrical and mechanical team members to achieve an optimised design.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:

  • Optics design expertise
  • Imager selection expertise
  • Machine learning and computer vision expertise

Expected Outcomes

A preliminary design of an optic and imager to suit a space mission.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

28 August 2019


APR – 0987