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Satellite Subsystem Design and Prototyping [Applications Closed]

Summer Placement Description

The Department of Electronic Systems Engineering of the University of Malta is seeking to engage students to work with its Astrionics Research Group - to assist with the development of various subsystems that will form part of Malta's first Satellite. The miniaturised device is planned to launch after 2018 and during the development phase will require substantial engineering effort in a wide range of engineering domains, both mechanical and electrical. A number of investigations will be conducted to assess the ruggedness and suitability of various commercial off the shelf components for the space environment. A number of subsystems will also need to be calibrated and properly characterised. Some design and prototyping may be required.

The placement is planned for first 8 weeks of the Summer months and will involve a sizeable team of like-minded engineers collaborating for this ambitions goal. The team will be will be hosted at the Faculty of Engineering Laboratories and will be guided by lecturers, technical staff and postgraduate students. Materials and facilities will be provided.

Skills Gained and Learning Opportunities

The placement offers a unique opportunity to be part of the first Maltese team to ever aim this high. The challenges will be great, but so will the rewards. High quality learning opportunities are guaranteed in a wide range of engineering disciplines such as electronics, design for reliability and system modelling. The work is highly practical and is entirely applied and will provide the student with a realistic flavour of the research environment. Soft skills will include team work and project management. The project will more than embellish a student's CV.

Total Number of Hours

4 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 8 weeks = 160 Hours

Period of Placement

Start:  4 July 2016
End:  26 August 2016


There is no remuneration through this scheme. However, students are encouraged to apply for any relevant government grants that are issued from year to year.

Student Requirements

Any 2nd year or 3rd year engineering student may apply for this placement. 1st year students are invited to join informally. Six (6) Electrical engineering students will be asked to analyse or design electrical and electronic aspects of the system and need to have a strong background in both analogue and digital hardware design. Four (4) Mechanical engineering students are being sought with a flair for FEA and thermal design. The thermal behaviour of the satellite in vacuum needs to be quantified and validated. Multiphysics 3D modelling skills are essential and experience with Ansys, Comsol or similar is important. 

Preferred Student Skills

Comfort with software and software development is highly desirable. Mechanical engineering students with a good understanding of precision manufacturing will be preferred.

How to apply

When you click on APPLY for this placement you will be directed to an email message which you may edit as your cover letter. Before sending the email, do not forget to go through the following checklist:

  1. Edit the email as your covering letter or attach your covering letter
  2. Attach your CV
  3. Ensure that the email is sent directly to the email of the ‘Host Organisation Contact Person’
  4. Keep the DegreePlus Office in copy ( in the application email, and
  5. You are also to keep the DegreePlus Office informed of any positive feedback received from the research group

Contact Person at Host Organisation

Dr Ing. Marc Anthony Azzopardi
Astrionics Research Group
Department of Electronic Systems Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Room 329, Engineering Building
University of Malta, Msida

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