About CUSat

CUSat LogoCUSat is a multi-year effort to design, build, and launch an autonomous in-orbit inspection satellite system. The one satellite system will allow us test the accuracy of the centimeter accuracy carrier-phase differential GPS (CDGPS) to less than 10 cm by comparing the CDGPS navigation solution to the known distance between GPS antennas. The satellite, being equipped with a camera, will also capture imagery, of the Earth, the Moon, and the comet ISON, and send these images to a ground station on Earth. The nano-satellite is also equipped with Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPTs). These will be tested last, once the other mission objectives have been verified.

CUSat is the winner of the University Nanosat-4 Program which aims to educate the future aerospace workforce and develop new space technologies.

CUSat Has Launched

CUSat launched on September 29th, 2013 from Vandenberg AFB, CA on a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket. The team has since completed mission operations. Results from the flight experiments will be available soon.

The Cornell University Space Systems Design Studio is currently hard at work on their next project, the Violet Satellite Project.

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September 09, 2014

Mission operations have concluded. The CUSat team conducted operations for 18 days with regular communication with the satellite before losing contact with it.

September 29, 2013

CUSat has launched! The SpaceX launch was a success, and the team is now awaiting our first ground pass. Follow the news here or on Twitter: @CornellCUSat

September 14, 2013

CUSat is scheduled for launch on September 15th. The launch can be viewed online from SpaceX here

September 01, 2013

CUSat will be launching in early September from Vandenburg Air Force base in California. The team continues to finalize FCC documentation for in-orbit operations and verify the functionality of the satellite.

August 08, 2012

CUSat is scheduled to launch in early Spring 2013 from Vandenburg Air Force base in California. The team continues hardware and software testing and mission operation planning.

December 14, 2010

CUSat has been officially manifested on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch. While the CUSat hardware is undergoing final environmental testing at the Kirtland Air Force Base, the operations team is running Mission Rehearsals.


September 13, 2013

Cornell satellite project aims for the stars

FEATURED: Ithaca Journal

September 10, 2013

After Eight-Year Long Delay, Cornell Satellite Will Launch

FEATURED: Cornell Daily Sun

September 04, 2013

CUSat, set to launch Sept. 14, making GPS precise

FEATURED: Cornell Chronicle

August 08, 2012

Manifest Destiny

FEATURED: Cornell Engineering News

December 13, 2010

Student-built satellite scheduled for rocket launch

FEATURED: Cornell Chronicle