CO-OP Student

Group 92—Advanced Sensors and Techniques
The mission of the Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group is to develop and demonstrate tactically relevant space situational awareness (SSA) in support of space control. The group focuses on the techniques, operational concepts, and advanced sensor systems that are needed to obtain timely and predictive information about space objects.

The group's work is enabled by hands-on access to an operational network of space surveillance sensor systems. The group operates the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC), comprising the Millstone radar, Haystack Ultrawideband Satellite Imaging Radar (HUSIR), and the Haystack Auxiliary (HAX) radar. The group is also responsible for the space mission at the Reagan Test Site (RTS) on Kwajalein. The Lexington Space Situational Awareness Center (LSSAC) serves as a central mission-support center and data-fusion node, with data feeds from the entire Space Surveillance Network and prototype sensor systems, including the 3.5-meter Space Surveillance Telescope. These systems form a test range that is used to develop and demonstrate novel tactical SSA techniques, such as optics-cued radar search, high-interest object monitoring, high-value asset neighborhood watch, and new launch custody.

The group also develops advanced sensors and sensor concepts, including improvements to the LSSC and RTS radars. The group recently developed and built HUSIR, which, with its 8 GHz bandwidth and 3 mm wavelength, is the highest-resolution radar in the U.S. Space Surveillance Network. The group supports the government in the development of the Space Fence, a large space surveillance phased array radar system, and develops and demonstrates bistatic and multistatic radar technology for tactical search, custody, and characterization of space objects. 
These efforts are led by technical staff with expertise in sensor systems, exploitation techniques, and real-world operations. Staff members are focused on the most relevant problems, applying a vigilant understanding of threat scenarios and user needs and backing their analyses with measurements and experiments. The group seeks talented people with backgrounds in physical science, engineering, or applied mathematics, and interests in astrodynamics, experimental physics, software development, signal and image processing, electromagnetic analysis, RF technology, or system integration.

The Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group is seeking a Co-Op to support the Advanced Concepts and Technologies Committee  seeks and work alongside hardware developers, signal processing engineers, and systems analysts, on the development of a portable and low-cost radar capable of performing Doppler, ranging, and SAR. The primary tasks will involve creating circuit layouts for integrated RF and IF stages, working heavily with micro-controllers (arduino or teensy),  and processing radar data in Matlab and or Python. 


The successful candidate shall be pursuing an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or related fields with strong hands-on experience in circuits and software development. Knowledge of SolidWorks is a plus. The candidate must have also demonstrated excellent communication and documentation skills.




MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Full time
Massachusetts, US