Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Paul Jackson - pjj39 (

Project Advisors:

  • Dr. Mark Campbell
  • Dr. Mark Psiaki

Spacecraft Technologist:

  • Liran Gazit - lg345


The Attitude Determination, Control, and Navigation Subsystem (ADCNS) executes the relative navigation that will be used for CUSat's in-orbit inspection procedures. CUSat will primarily be using three GPS boards for attitude determination. For attitude control, CUSat will be using pulsed-plasma thrusters (PPTs) and torque coils. The software portion of ADCNS will consist of the relative navigation algorithms, which will run the various modes of operation defined by the CONOPs.

Lead: Garrick Lau - gl259 (

Subsystem Members
Aastha Acharya - aa533 Steven Dourmashkin - sjd227
Troy Hoffa - tjh97 Doug Kaiser - dtk42
Dan LaChapelle - dml337 Siddharth Reddy - sgr45

Flight Operations

The Flight Operations team defines the detailed, on orbit operations plan for both CUSat satellites. Operating procedures are defined to match with hardware and mission specifications and help ensure successful execution of the mission.

Lead: Sarah Brotman - smb375 (

Lead: Faye Elgart - fmh39 (

Subsystem Members
Alexandra Abad - mea88 Somrita Banerjee - sb892
Roberto Baquerizo - rjb378 Jai Whan Chung - jc939
Aimee Owens - aro35 Matthew Proudlove - mjp254
Gautam Ramaswamy - grr37 Chris Silvia - cps232
Peter Stromhaug - pas282 Charlie Tark - cyt25

Ground Segment

The Ground Segment team ensures proper implementation of CUSat ground operations. This includes building and coordinaing the four ground stations (Ithaca, Redondo Beach, Colorado Springs, and Kwaj) as well as implementing software that allows for easy control and communication with both satellites.

Lead: Andre Heil - avh34 (

Subsystem Members
Arjun Biddanda - aab227 Muhammad Khan - mhk98


The CUSat Satellite project employs Systems Engineering extensively. The Systems group is largely responsible for providing the project with direction by creating top level system requirements, creating best practices, maintaining communications, making design choices, and creating processes for creating a successful product. Each of the subsystem leads also participates as a member of the Systems group, which allows the project to maintain consistency and focus.

Lead: Paul Jackson - pjj39 (