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Stage-/Afstudeeropdracht - HBO/WO - Embedded Systems, Informatica. Robust and disruptive tolerant communication for drone-drone and drone-ground communications

Thales people architect solutions at the heart of the defence-security continuum. Interoperable and secure information and telecommunications systems for defence, security, and civil operators, are based upon innovative use of radiocommunications, networks, and cybersecurity. We are ground breaking new digital technologies such as 4G mobile communications, cryptography, cloud computing and big data for use in physical protection systems, and critical information systems.

Opdracht: Stage-/Afstudeeropdracht

Niveau: HBO/WO

Studierichting(en): Embedded Systems, Informatica

Assignment: Internship, graduation

Field of study: Higher vocational education, University

Titel van de opdracht: : Robust and disruptive tolerant communication for drone-drone and drone-ground communications

Title of the assignment: : Robust and disruptive tolerant communication for drone-drone and drone-ground communications

About us

In Nederland, waar 2200 medewerkers werkzaam zijn, hebben we vestigingen in vier steden: Huizen, Delft, Eindhoven en Hengelo (hoofdkantoor). Samen met een uitgebreid ecosysteem van kennispartners, klanten en leveranciers werken we aan radars voor zeeschepen, cybersecurity-oplossingen, transportsystemen, communicatieapparatuur voor landstrijdkrachten, cryogene koeloplossingen en onderzoek & ontwikkeling voor radartechniek (in samenwerking met TU Delft).

In the Netherlands, where 2200 employees are based, we are located in four cities: Huizen, Delft, Eindhoven and Hengelo (HQ). Together with an extensive ecosystem of knowledge partners, customers and suppliers, we work on radars for naval vessels, cyber security solutions, transportation systems, communication equipment for land forces, cryogenic cooling solutions and research & development for radar tech (in collaboration with TU Delft).

Informatie over de afdeling:

De Thales Secure Communication and Information Systems (SIX)- vestiging in Huizen is met ca. 300 medewerkers actief op het gebied van communicatiesystemen, cybersecurity en transportsystemen. De Innovation, Research & Technology (IRT) groep ondersteunt de lokale productlijnen met het onderzoeken en toepasbaar maken van nieuwe innovaties in nationale en internationale onderzoeksprojecten. Een wisselende groep van onderzoeksstaf, R&D engineers, onderzoekers van andere Thales vestigingen en studenten draagt actief bij aan deze projecten.

Information about the department:

With approximately 300 employees, the Thales Secure Communication and Information Systems (SIX) branch in Huizen is active in the field of communication systems, cyber security and transport systems. The Innovation, Research & Technology (IRT) group supports the local product lines with research and risk reduction for new innovations often in the context of national and international research projects. A changing group of research staff, R&D engineers, researchers from other Thales locations and students actively contributes to these projects.

About the assignment

In scenarios like disaster sites, reliable communication is not always guaranteed and can be disrupted due to failing or non-existing infrastructure. For drones to operate under such conditions, and to transmit their video information to ground stations, robust communication is vital. The Disruptive Tolerant networking approach is based on store-and-forward communication, and can provide robust communications solutions, in case no end-to-end connection is available. Focus of this internship is the study and development of a lightweight disruptive tolerant networking stack.

The internship consists of

- Deploy small footprint disruptive tolerant network protocol(s) on one or multiple drone platforms taking in consideration power and weight.

- Investigating how to combine real-time communications with delay – tolerant communications, so that drone can offload video when there is a direct connection, but stores when there is no end-to-end connection.

- Investigate and / or implement mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) routing protocols for drone swarming for efficient and reliable communication between drones and to one or more ground stations.

- Investigate the integration with ROS2 (Robot Operating System 2) and disruptive tolerant network protocol(s).

The assignment is suitable as an internship and graduation assignment. The scope of the assignment can be adjusted accordingly.


Affinity and/or experience with embedded systems, programming and research in software technology and software architectures. In particular affinity with:

  • Linux
  • C/C++
  • IP networking
  • ROS2

Thales offers…

  • een interessante stage-/ of afstudeerplek in een internationale high tech omgeving;
  • een open en flexibele werkomgeving;
  • een prima stagevergoeding;

Thales offers…

  • An interesting internship or graduation assignment in an international high tech environment
  • An open and flexible working environment;
  • An excellent internship allowance.


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