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In this thesis the simulation of satellites in orbit with the use of the Robot Operating System (ROS) will be investigated. ROS and ROS2 are going to be used in several research project at the chair in the near future and for space application. In order to enable software-in-the-loop testing, an orbit and space environment model will be needed. The development of a concept for such tool shall be the focus of this thesis. The concepts shall base on an investigation of the fundamentals of in-orbit simulation, i.e. physical effects, needed information and existing tools.

The following work packages shall be addressed:

  • Research on existing orbit models
  • Definition and characterization of physical effects of the space environment
  • Development of software design for a ROS satellite simulation packet
  • Development of a software-in-the-loop concept
  • Test and verification of basic functions

Required profile:

  • Good knowledge of the space environment and its influences on a satellite
  • Basic knowledge of space dynamics and control and space propulsion systems
  • Basic programming skills in Octave, C++ or Python
  • Basic proficiency in using the Linux operating system


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Brieß


Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Grau
Room: F501
Tel: +49 (0) 314-24397

Lennart Kryza, M.Sc.
Room: F144
Tel: +49 (0) 314-21310

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