REXUS/BEXUS internship – Payloads & Flight Systems
Embark on a thrilling journey with us as a REXUS/BEXUS intern! If you are a student brimming with enthusiasm and ready to contribute to launching a stratospheric balloon alongside a team of experts, we have an incredible opportunity tailored just for you. We are on the lookout for individuals with a self-motivated spirit, outstanding communication skills, and a keen desire to gain hands-on experience within a space company, we have an exciting opportunity for you. Join us in this exciting venture, and let your aspirations take flight!
The REXUS/BEXUS programme allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on research rockets and balloons. Each year, two rockets and two balloons are launched, carrying up to 20 experiments designed and built by student teams. REXUS experiments are launched on a rocket carrying student experiment modules to an altitude of approximately 90 km. BEXUS experiments are lifted by a stratospheric balloon up to a maximum altitude of 30 km for flight duration of 2-5 hours. REXUS and BEXUS are launched by SSC from Esrange, in Kiruna (Sweden).
In your role as an intern on the REXUS/BEXUS program, you will contribute to the advancement of the BEXUS mission by finalizing the design and implementation of a new balloon data acquisition unit. This unit is integral to the program as it ensures the successful environmental and visual documentation on every balloon mission. The video system serves to document both the balloon and gondola, capturing images and video footage in a time-lapse sequence.
The system will also engage in the collection of crucial atmospheric data. This encompasses measurements of various atmospheric conditions, such as pressure, temperature, and humidity in near-vacuum environments. Additionally, the system will be required to have the ability to recording infrared radiation emitted from beneath the balloon which is essential for studies of the balloon dynamics.
To optimize the efficiency and functionality of these systems, it is essential to work with low-power equipment. You will explore and potentially utilize self-powered solutions including solar power to ensure the sustainable operation of these critical components throughout the mission.
This main goal of development will start with a good understanding of the required capabilities and constraints for the final system solutions (technical, operational, and financial). As a bonus, you will be able to support the BEXUS campaign scheduled for September/October 2024. Thus, you will work with the REXUS/BEXUS programme manager supporting the campaign preparation at Esrange with the goal of launching your work on this campaign.
WHO YOU ARE
You possess a self-driven attitude, excellent communication skills and a desire to gain experience within a space company. You will have the opportunity to use your passion for physics, electronics and software as you get involved in designing, assembling, and testing various components. Proficiency in English, both in speaking and writing, is valuable for seamless collaboration within our diverse international team.
WE OFFER YOU
- a unique opportunity to work from the historical European launch site Esrange.
- a chance to shape the future flight systems for BEXUS balloon operations.
- an excellent opportunity to experience balloon launch operations within a world leading ballooning team.
- an experience in Swedish Lapland while working in an international environment.
SSC Esrange, Kiruna (Sweden).
- Full time position
- 16 weeks
- Starting preferably in May/June 2024
Are you interested in this new opportunity? Apply now using your CV and cover letter by clicking the apply button below.
If you are enthusiastic about joining a balloon campaign alongside students from all over Europe and you have prior experience with hands-on projects, then this internship could be your ideal opportunity. It is an invitation to embark on a fulfilling and educational journey with SSC.
If you have any questions concerning this application, please contact: Gregory.Solomon@sscspace.com
WE HELP EARTH BENEFIT FROM SPACE
SSC is a leading global provider of advanced space services with more than fifty years of experience. Since our start pioneering scientific rocket launches in northern Sweden, we have grown into a renowned, full-service supplier of state-of-the-art space engineering, satellite and launch services to commercial and institutional customers worldwide.