CubeSat Simulator Intern Opportunity in Greenbelt, MD USA
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is offering an internship
position for the Spring, 2015 semester. Applications are being taken
on the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) recruiting web site:
Internship Title: CubeSat Simulator Upgrade Plus
The objective of this Opportunity is to allow a university level
student to rework, repair and improve a prototype "1-Unit" CubeSat
simulator/model on loan from AMSAT and then to share his or her
experiences as a result. The model used in this Opportunity is similar
to that described in The AMSAT Journal article "Education With a
Satellite Simulator: ETP CubeSat Simulator," by Mr. Mark Spencer,
ARRL Education and Technology Program Coordinator, Part 1 in the
the September/October 2009 issue and Part 2 in the November/
December 2009 issue.
Back copies are available at:
A course of study in engineering is required. Electrical/Electronics
Engineering (EE) or Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) for
university students in their junior class or higher. Experience in
hardware is also required. Open to U.S. citizens.
The immediate skills required of the intern are to be a well-rounded
individual, and to have an excellent knowledge of and experience with
Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office (especially in using
spreadsheets), electrical and electronic circuits (theory and practice),
microcontrollers, interfacing, and the use of basic laboratory
test equipment and procedures.
Familiarity with the CubeSat community is important.
A proficiency in either C++ or a similar language for microcontrollers
and the desire to learn a new one is necessary. A basic understanding
of data acquisition, signal processing, or control is required.
Hands-on experience in building something, repairing or upgrading
PCs or other electronic gear, or just getting stuff to work is required.
Mechanical and electrical construction skills will be used.
Experience in RF or wireless technology (anywhere between 3 and
2400 MHz) is very important. Holding or obtaining an Amateur Radio
license from the FCC and practical radio experience is a distinct
A good attitude, an exceptional willingness to learn and to contribute
as a team player are essential qualities. Likewise, excellent
communicator skills (verbal, writing and definitely e-mail),
reliability, punctuality, having a self-starter work ethic and the
ability & desire to work independently for long periods are required.
You may ask questions regarding the tasks and skill requirements
with the mentor in advance (Mr. Pat Kilroy, Code 568,
available. The deadline to apply for the Spring 2015 semester
is this month November 9. Applications must be made via the