Internship / Advanced control for agile flexible spacecraft with hardware demonstration (m/f)

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  • Toulouse
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  • Aeronautique / Mécanique

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Internship / Advanced control for agile flexible spacecraft with hardware demonstration (m/f)

Internship / Advanced control for agile flexible spacecraft with hardware demonstration (m/f)

Airbus Defence & Space Toulouse (ex Astrium SL)

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group, formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. This new division is the leading aerospace and defence company in Europe, it represents the second largest company in the space field and is among the ten best international defence companies. It employs some 40,000 people and records a turnover of approximately 14 billion euros per year.

Airbus Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2015, the Group - comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters - generated revenues of € 64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Description of the job

Airbus Defence and Space (Toulouse) is looking for an intern for a 6 month internship.

Agile missions are characterized by the realization of minimum-time slew maneuvers with fast acceleration and braking sequences. Up to now, majority of agile satellites operate in Low Earth Orbits and are designed to be as rigid as possible. Onboard AOCS architectures rely on a two-stage feedback/feedforward structure associated to segregated sequences (i.e., fast maneuver, tranquilization and imaging) but need to be drastically revisited to efficiently address the upcoming missions which will involve flexible wings with rotating mechanisms. The excitation of appendices flexibilities during the manoeuvers will degrade the tranquilization duration whereas the solar array drive mechanisms will degrade the pointing stability requirements during the imaging phase.

This internship will start on 3 rd April 2017 (subject to some flexibility).

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Tasks & accountabilities

The purpose of this internship is to contribute to the development of innovative control architecture while addressing the mechanism sizing impact on the pointing stability (i.e., co-design activity). Nonlinear/adaptive control solutions will be first developed under Matlab/Simulink environment. Custom design representative breadboards based on Cots hardware (Arduino-like devices) will be developed to host the developed control solutions and to demonstrate theirs benefit as regards to the classical ones. Optical based control will be also analyzed for active vibration damping.

Required skills

You are in the 2nd year of a master's or the 5th year of engineering school, university or equivalent specializing in Engineering / Aerospace Engineering.

You ideally have an initial experience in this domain.

You have knowledge of:

·  Matlab, Simulink, C
·  Spacecraft Dynamics
·  Control theory
·  Mechanical modeling.

You are a strong team player and have excellent interpersonal skills.

English: negotiation level,
French: negotiation level.

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