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Student Summer Project - Satellite Mission Design for Ocean Utilization

Student Summer Project - Satellite Mission Design for Ocean Utilization

This is a paid position.

Collaborative Organizations: Andøya Space Education, Eidel  & Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace

Location: Remote for a few hours a month February to June, full time on location from Mid June to Mid August. 

Project Introduction:

In the Norwegian space industry, collaboration is the linchpin of innovation and success. Reflecting this ethos, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace's Space & Surveillance Division, Eidel and  Andøya Space Education are coming together for a student summer project that aims to harness the potential of satellite technology to enhance ocean utilization. Some of the students will be employed by Eidel, and some by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, all working towards the same goal.

Student Opportunity:

This project is designed for students who seek to apply their academic knowledge to real-world challenges, providing a unique opportunity to work at the intersection of space technology and marine sciences.


The first-year mission is to lay down the conceptual groundwork, identify potential payloads, and assess the most strategic mission options with a view towards improving how we know and use the ocean.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Perform stakeholder interviews to map out market needs.
  • Engage in ideation and conceptualization sessions for the satellite mission.
  • Research and evaluate potential payloads, considering their feasibility and mission alignment.
  • Work in tandem with professionals across all three organizations for a comprehensive design approach.
  • Perform trade-off analyses to recommend payload options.
  • Contribute to preliminary design processes and documentation.
  • Regularly update the project team and stakeholders on progress.


Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • Passion for space exploration, environmental stewardship, and practical technology applications.
  • Enrollment in or recent graduation from a degree in Aerospace Engineering, Oceanography, Space Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Physics or related fields.
  • Minimum 3 years relevant experience from work and/or studies.
  • Creativity and initiative in contributing innovative solutions.
  • Should be able to receive a Norwegian security clearance.

It is beneficial if you have:

  • Interest in bridging users and stakeholders for environmental stewardship
  • Technical skills, including familiarity with Python, STK or MATLAB.
  • Hands-on experience with 3D printing, welding, metalwork, or related fabrication skills.


We understand that not everyone will have all the listed qualifications or skills. We value a diverse skill set and welcome applicants from various backgrounds who believe they can contribute meaningfully to this project. We encourage you to apply even if you do not match all the criteria, as we appreciate unique experiences and perspectives.


  • Engage in a rich learning experience, integrating academic theory with industry practice.
  • Build professional connections with leading institutions in space technology and research.
  • Contribute to a meaningful project with potential environmental and societal benefits.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their CV and a cover letter that articulates their interest in the project and relevant qualifications to our job portal.


Application Deadline: December 20th, 2023