Internship in Design & Development of a Smart Vision-based Hazard Detection Sensor

Bremen, Germany, [10442629 SZ EN EXT 6]

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Aerospace Engineering Electronics Engineering
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About this job

Are you looking for an internship? Then apply now! We look forward to you joining us as an intern (d/f/m) at the Autonomous Systems & Robotics department.

  • Location: Bremen
  • Start: as soon as possible
  • Duration: 4-6 month
  • Contract type: 35 hours/week, flexi-time


You will support the department in Design & Development of a Smart Vision-based Hazard Detection & Avoidance Sensor (SV-HDA) for safety landing on lunar surface. Safety landing on the moon is a key technology function for future lunar exploration. The landing area should be free of critical slopes, big boulders and shadowless to guarantee a safety landing and immediately recharging of the battery power by the irradiated solar panels. For commercial lunar transportation systems cost-efficient solutions for avionics equipment and sensors are required.

In the frame of the internship, a Smart Vision-based HDA Sensor shall be developed. It consists of a camera and the processing unit (SVU). The SVU shall be based on a commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) processor board (with space flight heritage) from company XIPHOS.  It shall acquire a single camera image, which shall be processed by a passive HDA function to obtain a hazard map regarding shadows, texture (e.g. boulders) and slopes. Based on the hazard map the HDA function shall provide the coordinates of the safe landing site.


The internship can be split into three exciting phases:

  • Study Phase: To study possible hazard detection functions based on artificial camera images (PANGU). Perform prototyping by Matlab models and conduct performance tests. Analysis of the system requirements and the definition of criteria for shadow, bolder and slope detection. Establishment of the SV-HDA specification.
  • Implementation Phase: Design and implementation of HDA function on the COTS processor board. Built-up of adequate testing environment, by using an industrial camera, a prototype PILOT camera or artificial lunar surface images.
  • Test Phase: To test the implemented HDA function with images and to evaluate the HDA results.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company’s success, reputation and sustainable growth.


  • Enrolled bachelor student (d/f/m) within Embedded Systems, Electronics, Image Processing or similar field of study
  • Software skills (C, C++, RTOS) and technical skills (Optics)
  • Fluent in German and English
  • You are a good team player, have excellent communication skills, and are able to work independently

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