Optical Communications Aerospace Engineer

Company Details

MOVING DATA FROM IMAGING SATELLITES IN SPACE BACK TO THE GROUND

Analytical Space, Inc. is a venture-backed startup developing a network of small satellites that use a combination of RF and laser communication to provide global data relay services. The network will connect remote sensing satellites when they would otherwise be idle, such as over the ocean, enabling greater data throughput and lower latency.

The company is based out of MIT’s “The Engine,” a home for Tough Tech founders building the next generation of world-changing companies in Cambridge. We are recruiting people with cutting-edge minds that thrive in a fast-paced startup environment to work with us to deploy a constellation of satellites that enables a real-time view of our planet.

We are looking for an optical engineer who will help us advance our optical communications system development. You will work with a multidisciplinary team to help bring our collective vision of a space data relay network to life!

On a daily basis, you’ll carry out various engineering tasks such as: performing simulations in Zemax, assembling and testing optical systems on suitable optical benches, performing calculations to ensure our optical systems meet the strict survival requirements for space missions; board design, assembly, and testing; and technical presentations to leadership and customers. You will work with our communications and software engineering teams to field transformational optical communications (laser comm) technology on our upcoming missions. You’ll also research on manufacturing processes and analyze data and trends to create new products.

Responsibilities

  • The Optical Communications Engineer will report directly to the Chief Innovation Officer and will oversee the design of free-space optical technology solutions for use in our satellites. These optical solutions will be deployed on both space and ground systems for space-to-space and space-to-ground communications.
  • This is a hands-on role that will lay the foundation for how the rest of the optical engineering team is built over time.
  • Candidate will perform thorough testing of optical components, transmitter and receivers including eye diagrams and bit-error-ratio measurements.

Requirements

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in engineering or physics
  • Minimum 3-5+ years of experience (or 1+ years with a M.S. or higher) in optical/laser communication system design
  • Experience in free space or fiber optical communication system design down to component level
  • Proven experience with assembly and testing of discrete optical components
  • Will assemble, test and generate digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms for a novel omnidirectional optical communicator.
  • Will design, fabricate and implement advanced miniature high-frequency PCB boards.
  • Strong understanding of electrical circuits, power supplies, electrical circuit analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of appropriate modulation and coding techniques for advanced and secure optical communications
  • Comfortable working on projects start to finish – from proposal and design studies, through prototype development and testing and analysis, to product development and manufacturing

Desired, but not Required

  • M.S. or Ph.D. preferred
  • Knowledge of optical communications (fiber and/or free-space) system design and theory, network architecture
  • Experience with optical instrumentation, test equipment, and system components
  • Experience in design for aerospace applications
  • Experience with computer instrumentation control, and modeling and analysis software like Zemax, Matlab, Python
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

Tagged as: zemax, matlab and python, digital signal processing (dsp) algorithms, fiber and free-space

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