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KESS 2 Research Masters: Space Situational Awareness (SSA) campaign at the University of South Wales

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  Dr Leshan Uggalla  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

This is a funded MbyRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

Here is an exciting opportunity to study a real-world complex system which could lead to entirely new approaches in Space Situational Technologies (SST).

The selected candidate will apply their knowledge, development and analytical skills and ambition to develop a Low cost, easily deployable and accurate optical Space surveillance station at University of South Wales. This applied research opportunity, will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of System Design and Data Analytics research.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty of Computing Engineering and Science (FCES) at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The MbyRes will be associated with Northern Space & Security Ltd (NORSS). The project will focus on System performance, performance, Data collection, Processing, Predication and tracking of systems, Publications and further expansion opportunities.

The project is backed by Northern Space & Security Ltd (NORSS).

Programme of research:

The external need is for improved surveillance of the low-earth orbit region of space, which is essential in order to ensure safe operation of future satellites including large satellite constellations, particularly those envisaged to provide global-broadband coverage via satellite. 

Space Situational Awareness (SSA) involves determining and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of the population of man-made objects in Earth orbit, including both operational and defunct satellites, rocket-bodies and space debris. This data is necessary in order to unambiguously identify each orbital object, to determine its current and projected-future orbital characteristics, and to predict (and, consequently, be able to avoid) in-orbit conjunctions or potential collisions. 

The project scope is to develop a Low cost, easily deployable and accurate optical Space surveillance station at University of South Wales. This system will be designed from the ground up dedicated to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) SST observations and light-curve characterisation of space objects. The system will be competitive with other sensor-type observation capabilities, for both UK LEO Space Surveillance Technology (SST) sensor data and characterisation data of objects. 


The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time MbyRes programme and pay a stipend of circa £11.8k p.a. There is also around £3k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.

Eligibility of Student:

To be eligible to hold a KESS studentship, you must:

·      have a home address in West Wales & the Valleys area (details below)* at the time of registration.

·      have the right to take up paid work in the Convergence area* on completion of the scholarship.

·      must have the right to work in the region on qualification

·      satisfy University of South Wales’s admissions criteria: see below, qualifications and experience and application process

* The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities: Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen.

Qualifications and experience:

Eligible applicants will:

· Have a degree (2(i) or higher) in Electronic, Computing, Telecommunication, or appropriate STEM discipline.

· Possess a reasonable understanding of data collection, processing, and visualisation.

·Be highly self-motivated, with the capacity to learn and further develop knowledge of

§ Integration of electronic devices

§ Software and firmware development

§ Image processing

§ computer programming and predictive modelling techniques.

· Have well-developed and positively collaborative interpersonal skills.

· Have the ability to deliver technical reports and communicate findings.

· Be willing to travel and work in industrial/experimental/ test facility settings.

Application Process:

To download an application package, please visit: Participant Application Package

For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: [Email Address Removed] Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Dr Leshan Uggalla ([Email Address Removed]).

Closing date for applications: midnight Monday the 29th of August 2022

Interviews TBC

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

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