Nanosatellite Engineering Internship

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), Satellite Applications Catapult [100002]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering Telecommunications Engineering
Job type

About this job

This position is requiring 37.5 hours per week.


The exact specification of the role will be dependent on the experience of the chosen candidate, however there are a number of activities within the team to be supported.

The Satellite Applications Catapult has developed a pocketQube nano-satellite to assist in educational and outreach training, which requires continuous development of both technical capabilities, software and training materials. We are currently exploring the integration of new services utilising our ground stations at Goonhilly and Harwell, including configuration of test setups. And we also work to engage with the business community to explore the commercial viability of small satellites for our in-orbit demonstration missions.


The successful applicant should be an enthusiastic individual with an interest in the space industry, willing to search for innovative solutions to problems, capable of conducting independent research and presenting the results in a clear and informative manner. Specifically, your background should include the following:

  • Engineering of any discipline, inclusive of courses that include business elements, mathematics or physics.
  • Experience writing reports and presenting to varied audiences
  • Desk-based research and analysis
  • Lab-based experimentation, research and development
  • Self-motivated and confident in scoping tasks

Desired experience

While not essential to carry out the role effectively, experience in any one (or more) of the following areas would lend itself to a number of ongoing projects within the team:

  • Electronics design and prototyping
  • Microcontroller or other low-level embedded development
  • FPGA design
  • Digital image processing algorithms
  • Outreach or education
  • Graphical software development
  • Team leadership and project management
  • Mission analysis and design, including feasibility and trade-off studies
  • Work experience at any other space- or satellite applications-related business or organisation

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