Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Bryan Doyle - bid2 (

Project Advisors:

  • Dr. Mark Campbell
  • Dr. Mark Psiaki

Spacecraft Technologist:

  • Liran Gazit - lg345


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: Bryan Doyle - bid2 (

Subsystem Members
Christina Prevalsky - crp28

Integration and Testing

The I&T team is responsible for enabling rapid integration and testing of CUSat. I&T is also responsible for testing CUSat in Cornell University's thermal vacuum chamber.

Lead: Anders Kelsey - aak26 (

Subsystem Members
Saleem Malkana - sam226 Abhishek Singh -
Matthew Taylor - mmt26


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: Patrick Yu - pty2 (

Subsystem Members
Brandon Chan - bjc54 Joshua Fikentscher - jrf27
Stephanie Gil - sg275 Rob Kesselman - rjk38
Ian Livingston - isl5 Darren Zanon - djz3


The camera team is responsible for acquiring images while in orbit, compressing them in a modified JPEG format, and relaying them to the onboard computer, C&DH.

Lead: Jesse Adland - jsa25 (

Subsystem Members
Heidi Ng - hkn3 Nitin Sitaraman - ns325

Command and Data Handling

C&DH is the central hub for communication and computation on the satellite. Using a commercial off the shelf (COTS) single board computer running Windows CE and C++, C&DH will execute the ADCNS algorithms and flight code.

Lead: Eric Brumer - eb229 (

Subsystem Members
Tony Lau - tl235 Jin-Woo Lee - jl633
Shihjia Lee - sl362 Ozan Mutluer - om33
Brian Rudo - bcr22


The GPS team is responsible for the GPS receivers, antennas and algorithms used to calculate sub-centimeter relative positioning.

Lead: Dan Gershman - djg52 (

Subsystem Members
William Chung - wc227 Wen Huang - zh35

Ground Segment

The Ground Segment is responsible for the ground operations of the satellite, including ground to satellite communication, tracking and commanding.

Lead: Deborah Sunter - das226 (

Subsystem Members
Matthew Bays - mjb222


The Harness subsystem is responsible for satellite wiring, the electronics backplane, the electrical interface boards, and any System level electrical concerns.

Lead: Kris Young - khy6 (

Subsystem Members
Mike Austin - mja46

Industry Relations

The Industry Relations team is responsible for marketing CUSat and seeking commercial and academic sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring our project, please see our sponsors page.

Lead: Kevin Martineau - ksm32 (

Subsystem Members
Max Henderson - mwh33 Nicole Liao - cll48
Bill McCarthy - wpm3 Tamar Sharabi - tms43
Dave Todd - det25


The propulsion team is responsible for CUSat's pulsed plasma thrusters (PPTs) which give each satellite three degrees of translational freedom and three degrees of rotational freedom.

Lead: Dmitry Bershadsky - db267 (

Subsystem Members
Sachin Desai - ssd25 Tracy Dong - twd4
Erfan Parvez - eap43 Tirthal Patel - tnp4
Henry Yip - cy68


The power team is responsible for harnessing solar energy, storing it, and distributing it throughout the satellite.

Lead: Norbert Huber - nh48 (

Subsystem Members
James Ang - ya43 Siddharth Gauba - sg334
Kevin Graf - klg34 Usuf Husain - umh3
Benjamin Madoff - bsm24 Ojas Shah - os42
Phil Wang - pjw32 Robert Zimmerman - rmz8


The structures team is responsible for designing, analyzing, and manufacturing the body of the satellite as well as the logistics of the internal components.

Lead: Simmie Berman - sfb7 (

Subsystem Members
Jay Anderson - jga9 Brian Ha - bhh7
Benjamin Kennedy - brk22 Tim Lin - hl322
Kyle Renshaw - ckr7 Jason Rostoker - jer44
Robert Schatz - res45


The Survivability team is responsible for analyzing and controlling the satellite's thermal, electrical and vibrational environment on the ground, during launch, and in orbit. Analyzed effects include ESD, atomic oxygen effects, venting and outgassing.

Lead: Ofer Eldad - oe23 (

Subsystem Members
Shawn Xia Liang - xl78 Ed Palermo - efp9
Geoffrey Short - ggs6

Telemetry and Command

T&C is responsible for intersatellite communications as well as satellite to ground communications. T&C uses modified commercial radios operating in amateur frequency bands to transmit images taken by the satellites to the ground station.

Lead: Josh Salant - jds73 (

Subsystem Members
Jason Amsel - ja94 Chirag Bhavsar - csb37
Eric Lo - esl33 Abishek Subramanian - avs28
Paul Zhu - pz29