Requirements management and lab testing of optical breadboard hardware for satellite systems

Using simplified language understandable to a layperson; provide a general, one-paragraph description of the proposed research project to be undertaken by the intern(s) as well as the expected benefit to the partner organization. (100 – 150 words) A series of Mitacs interns will be testing the capability of a range of sub-components and prototype systems to meet the performance requirements for an optical satellite communications terminal for deployment on low-earth orbit. Over the course of the project, the interns will successively march closer and closer toward the design of a functional and cost-competitive solution. Tests, which may commence under static conditions and at standard temperature and pressure, will increasingly be used to confirm system performance in the harsh environments it will face, such as high vibration at launch and wide temperature fluctuations and exposure to vacuum on orbit. A successful conclusion to the project will help position Honeywell to secure a significant share of the burgeoning market related to the transformation from the use of small numbers of large geo-spatial satellites to handle communications applications, to the deployment of constellations of hundreds of low-earth-orbit satellites.

Faculty Supervisor:

Ilya Golub


Heather Reese


Honeywell International




Information and cultural industries


Algonquin College



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