Master Thesis - Optical system for impact point determination

Are you looking for Master Thesis opportunities? Would it be interesting to do your thesis with us at Esrange, where we launch rockets and balloons in the name of science?


INTRODUCTION

At Esrange Space Centre we launch and recover rockets that land in a 5200 km2 impact area in the North of Sweden. Currently we are investigating the possibility to determine the impact point using an optical system.

 

GOAL

To determine the impact point based on recorded footage of the vehicle trajectory, depending on weather condition using three to five fixed mounted cameras with known properties. The cameras will be placed at different locations in the vicinity of Esrange. The idea is to use the recorded image data from the burn phase and then calculate the impact point using ballistics.

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Understanding the subject matter and the setup
  • Build a mathematical model
  • Implement calculation tool using image post processing
  • Test implementation during a rocket campaign

Bonus

  • Implement a system using real-time imaging to provide instant impact point calculations.

 

WHO YOU ARE

You have experience with mathematical modeling, image processing and software such as Matlab, Python, C or similar. We value students who are curious, proactive, and takes initiative as well as enjoys problem-solving.

 

NEXT STEP

The scope of this project is aimed for one person starting spring semester 2020, earliest January 13.
Please submit your application including university grades.
Location is Esrange, Kiruna

 

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.