Taylor University Computer Science and Engineering students and professors are developing algorithms for satellite communications provider Kratos RT Logic. According to faculty and students working on the project, these algorithms increase the resilience of satellite ground architectures by combining the output of geographically diverse receivers. This allows lossless communication for critical assets in the face of both RF and network impairments.
Four students and one professor worked on the project in January, and five students (four of them new to the project), along with two professors, are continuing the work through the Spring 2018 Semester. The team will present a final presentation of their research at Kratos RT Logic in Colorado in early May.
“Kratos RT Logic is a well-known, leading aerospace communications provider,” said Dr. Stefan Brandle, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Taylor. “Being able to say that you performed successful research for them looks really good on a résumé. This work adds to our heritage of satellite-related work and helps communicate the quality of our students and department to prospective students.
“This is the sort of project that can open doors later in industry or graduate school because most college students, at graduation, have never worked on a truly industrial-strength problem,” Brandle added. “Our students have been doing a great job, have already made one project progress presentation to Kratos RT Logic, have another one scheduled right before spring break, and will be going out to Colorado near the beginning of May to do an in-person final presentation."
“It is really great to have the opportunity to get elective credit for such a practical project,” said Andrew Blomenberg, the lead student researcher on the project. “This project is as real-world as they come, and myself and the other students have gained experience and skills that could never be taught in a traditional class.”