Internship / Innovative Vision-Based Navigation for Orbital Rendezvous (m/f)

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  • Toulouse
  • To be negotiated


Internship / Innovative Vision-Based Navigation for Orbital Rendezvous (m/f)

Internship / Innovative Vision-Based Navigation for Orbital Rendezvous (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.

For more than a decade, Airbus Defence and Space has developed innovative solutions to meet endeavouring goal of future space missions for Space Agencies such as ESA, CNES, DLR or UKSA. In particular, the GNC team in Toulouse has developed in-house tools and methods to develop and validate vision-based navigation for several applications such as planetary landing or orbital rendezvous.

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 definition, development and validation of innovative navigation chains, relying on vision and other sensors such as GNSS or IMU to perform rendezvous with semi-cooperative or uncooperative targets. To do so, the intern will be in charge of:

·  developing and tuning navigation solutions for vision-based relative navigation
·  updating in-house tools to take into account real images (acquired in orbit or on a test bench)
·  validating state of the art simulators with images in the loop
·  computing navigation performances and analysing them

The performances of the navigation solution will be benchmarked w.r.t. other solutions and documented, to be used as baseline for future missions.

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 (not a show stopper)
·  Estimation and filtering techniques
·  Computer skills.

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

English: negotiation level,
French: negotiation level.

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