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🚀 Internship

Spacecraft Dynamic Testing Industrial Placement

🚀 Placement Program


🤑 £21.6K

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  • The candidate must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree course, have the right to work in the UK, possess good hands-on mechanical skills, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Additionally, an understanding of structural dynamics and a keen interest in engineering and science in the space industry are desirable.
  • The candidate will assist in preparing and conducting vibration tests, operate analysis equipment and software, and develop methods to improve test operations for spacecraft dynamic testing.

Placement Program

Research & Development, Science


Apply by Oct 29


  • The STFC's RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and operate at the very forefront of UK Space Research. Find out more about the STFC RAL Space Development and Test facility here: https://www.youtube.com/user/RALSpaceSTFC
  • The UK has invested £99m in the National Satellite Test Facility, nearing completion at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell. This facility will provide a world class set of co-located facilities for the assembly, integration and testing of space payloads and satellites. The facility will have the capability to conduct Vibration, Acoustic, Thermal, Pyroshock, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), and antennae testing for payloads up to 7 tonnes, within clean room conditions. This new investment adds to the existing facilities operated by RAL Space department, part of Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
  • The NSTF is currently in the final fit out phase. The operation of both, the new and existing environmental test facilities, are the responsibility of the Environmental Test Division, with the Dynamics Group being responsible for a range of test types including vibration, shock, direct field acoustic noise and mass properties.  In order to support the transition to operations of the new facilities, new test procedures will need to be developed. It is envisaged that all tests will be supported by numerical models to enable virtual testing.
  • Working within the Dynamics group of the Environmental Test Division, the role involves supporting the team and assisting with vibration and pyroshock testing campaigns of spacecraft equipment for both internal and external customers, including the setup of equipment and test items. Duties could include working in a small group to set up test rigs for testing and operate it software for data capture and analysis, working alongside customers to meet their requirements for the test, and providing them with useful, relevant test data and information. You will join the team in an exciting transition - the commissioning process for the new National Satellite Test Facility, and can contribute to the preparation of the large vibration and acoustic testing facilities for the first large satellite tests. Throughout the year placement, a growing understanding of spacecraft dynamic testing will allow you to work on some more independent projects such as micro-vibration work or development of shock test techniques
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  • Essential:
  • Currently enrolled on an undergraduate degree course
  • Are required or have requested to take an industrial placement year
  • Able to commence employment in summer 2024
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement
  • Good hands on experimental, mechanical or maker skills, experience or demonstrated aptitude
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Aptitude for working and communicating effectively within a small team.
  • Desirable:
  • Understanding of dynamics of structures including the effects of frequency and damping
  • Keen interest in engineering and science in the space industry.
  • Part of our application process involves submitting your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should address your suitability for the opportunity based on how you meet each essential criteria stated in this advert.
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Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • To succeed in this role, you will be enthusiastic and highly motivated. You will be be able to work well as part of a team, as well as independently, and possess a strong interest in physical testing of spacecraft structural response. As a placement student, you will:
  • Assist other test engineers in preparing and carrying out vibration tests
  • Operate analysis equipment and software for capturing and processing data
  • Develop analysis and test methods to improve the breadth or understanding of test operations
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Work type

Full time

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Application deadline

Oct 29, 2023




21600 GBP

Apply by Oct 29