Adaptive communication modelling using software defined radio

The Surrey Space Centre is part of the Department of Electronic Engineering and is a world-class institution for space engineering research with growing capabilities in small satellites. The successful candidate will join the Onboard Data Handling group and be conducting research into high rate radio communications links.

Application deadline

Funding source

Surrey Space Centre

Funding information

The funding is available for 3 years for a total amount of £18,491 p.a. for home and EU applicants. This is made up of a bursary (£14,296) and fees (£4,195) per annum, pro rata and will be increased every year to cover the cost of both fees and bursary up to a total of three years.


This project will present the opportunity to collaborate with leading space industries such as Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recently led a push for space agencies and industry to move from the over utilised S- and X-Band Telemetry Tracking and Control (TT&C) and Payload links into X- and Ka-Bands (25.5-27 GHz) respectively and in the longer term we may see a move into Q- or V-Band for high data throughput systems. However, in the Ka-, Q- and V-Band case there is limited accuracy in the current ESA and NASA atmospheric loss models for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions covering rain and ice depolarisation, tropospheric scintillation, and other attenuations leading to a fading and lossy satellite link. Combining SSC and SSTL expertise in software defined radio and LEO communication links towards new adaptive coding and modulation (ACM) techniques, Surrey plans to lead the way in characterising these channels, as well as determining techniques and hardware required for future communications in these bands.

Related links

Surrey Space Centre Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Eligibility criteria

This studentship is open to home and EU students.

Applicants are expected to hold one of the following:

  1. A first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification)
  2. A lower-second plus a good masters degree (distinction normally required).

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent).

How to apply

To apply for this studentship you will need to:

  • Apply to study on the PhD Space Engineering course page.
  • In the application form, clearly state you are applying for this studentship supervised by Dr Chris Bridges, Surrey Space Centre.

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Contact details

Chris Bridges
17 BA 01
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689137

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