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Prof. Dr. Stephan Paul

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Hadronic Structure and Fundamental Symmetries
Job Title
Professorship on Hadronic Structure and Fundamental Symmetries

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Offered Bachelor’s or Master’s Theses Topics

Development of a Star Tracker for Compact Scientific Satellites

The Laboratory for Rapid Space Missions at the ORIGINS Cluster of Excellence develops scientific instruments for small-satellite missions. For the ComPol mission, which measures the polarization of X-rays emitted by the Cygnus X-1 binary system, a highly precise real-time determination of the satellite’s attitude is essential. 

To achieve this, we aim to develop our own star-tracking system and tune the tracker’s properties exactly to the observed area in terms of source spectrum, light intensity, geometry, and spatial restrictions. Star trackers are very common instruments in satellite technology that compare an observed star formation with a database to calculate the exact spatial orientation of the satellite. 

Your objectives include the optical design, assembly, calibration, and testing of a prototype system, the analysis of test data, and assistance with the mechanical layout, hardware design, and integration of a flight system. You will gain skills in optical engineering, including knowledge of the Zemax simulation software, programming and data analysis with Python, mechanical design, and general satellite technology at the interface between science and engineering. If successful, the system you design will be part of future missions to the ISS or on satellites!

We expect a high degree of self-responsibility, motivation, creativity, and a good share of curiosity. We offer work in a small, interdisciplinarian team, a broad combination of topics, and enough freedom for self-development and your own ideas. Knowledge of one or more of the above-mentioned fields is highly welcome, but not required.



Primary point of contact: Peter Hinderberger (peter.hinderberger@tum.de)

 
suitable as
  • Master’s Thesis Applied and Engineering Physics
Supervisor: Stephan Paul
Development of a Star Tracker for Compact Scientific Satellites

The Laboratory for Rapid Space Missions at the ORIGINS Cluster of Excellence develops scientific instruments for small-satellite missions. For the ComPol mission, which measures the polarization of X-rays emitted by the Cygnus X-1 binary system, a highly precise real-time determination of the satellite’s attitude is essential. 

To achieve this, we aim to develop our own star-tracking system and tune the tracker’s properties exactly to the observed area in terms of source spectrum, light intensity, geometry, and spatial restrictions. Star trackers are very common instruments in satellite technology that compare an observed star formation with a database to calculate the exact spatial orientation of the satellite. 

Your objectives include the optical design, assembly, calibration, and testing of a prototype system, the analysis of test data, and assistance with the mechanical layout, hardware design, and integration of a flight system. You will gain skills in optical engineering, including knowledge of the Zemax simulation software, programming and data analysis with Python, mechanical design, and general satellite technology at the interface between science and engineering. If successful, the system you design will be part of future missions to the ISS or on satellites!

We expect a high degree of self-responsibility, motivation, creativity, and a good share of curiosity. We offer work in a small, interdisciplinarian team, a broad combination of topics, and enough freedom for self-development and your own ideas. Knowledge of one or more of the above-mentioned fields is highly welcome, but not required.



Primary point of contact: Peter Hinderberger (peter.hinderberger@tum.de)

 
suitable as
  • Master’s Thesis Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics
Supervisor: Stephan Paul
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