Master Thesis Offer: Evaluating and Implementing Algorithms for Autonomous Spacecraft Maneuvers


Job Location: Munich, Germany 


Company Overview: Salutes Space is a leading organization in the aerospace sector, dedicated to advancing the frontiers of space exploration and satellite technology. We specialize in the development of autonomous spacecraft systems designed to navigate and operate in the challenging environment of space with minimal human intervention.


Project Description: We are offering an exciting master thesis opportunity for a highly motivated student to engage in a project focused on evaluating and implementing advanced algorithms for autonomous spacecraft maneuvers. This project aims to explore innovative solutions to enhance the autonomy of spacecraft, enabling them to perform complex maneuvers such as orbit adjustment, docking, and obstacle avoidance with higher efficiency and reliability.



● Conduct a thorough literature review of existing algorithms for autonomous spacecraft maneuvers, including but not limited to genetic algorithms, neural networks, and reinforcement learning.

● Evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency, and adaptability of selected algorithms in simulated space environments.

● Implement promising algorithms in a simulation environment, optimizing for real-world constraints encountered by spacecraft.

● Analyze and compare the performance of implemented algorithms, identifying strengths, weaknesses, and potential improvements.

● Collaborate with aerospace engineers and software developers within the company to validate findings.

● Document the research process, findings, algorithmic implementations, and recommendations for future work in a comprehensive Master’s thesis.



● Currently enrolled in a Master’s program in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field with a focus on autonomous systems or artificial intelligence.

● Strong foundation in algorithm design, simulation, and evaluation.

● Proficiency in programming languages commonly used in aerospace engineering and robotics, such as Python, C++, or MATLAB.

● Interest in space technology and autonomous navigation systems.

● Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and technical writing skills.

● Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.


Company Overview:

At Salutes, we specialize in cutting-edge remote sensing technologies and are pioneers in the development of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) applications. Our focus is on leveraging drone technology to enhance SAR capabilities for a wide range of applications, including environmental monitoring, search and rescue operations, and surveillance. Project Description: We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Master's student to undertake a thesis project focused on the development of multi-static drone-based MEMS SAR equipment. This project aims to design, simulate, and potentially prototype a compact, efficient SAR system that can be deployed on drones, enabling multi-static operations to improve imaging resolution and area coverage.


What We Offer:

● A unique opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in autonomous space technology.

● Access to advanced simulation tools and technologies, along with guidance from experts in the field.

● A dynamic and supportive research environment within a leading aerospace organization.

● Potential to impact future space missions and the advancement of autonomous spacecraft technology.

● Possibility to offer stipend, financial aid for exceptional candidates.


Application Process: Interested candidates should submit the following documents to

● A detailed CV highlighting relevant academic and project experience.

● A cover letter expressing your interest in the project and outlining your qualifications and research interests.

● A brief proposal or statement of interest, indicating your preliminary ideas or the specific algorithms you are interested in exploring (optional). 


Deadline for Applications: 3.3.2024


Salutes Space is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of background. Join us in pioneering the future of autonomous spacecraft maneuvers.