Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Kris Young - khy6 (

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: Kris Young - khy6 (

Subsystem Members
Stephen Cheung - swc34 Melissa Horowitz - mfh24
Anders Kelsey - aak26 Jason Rostoker - jer44
Brian Rudo - bcr22 Rob Zimmerman - rmz8

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
Bohnish Banerji - bb226 Abhishek Gulati - ag327
Kate McGinnis - kam226 Megan Paulette - mep49
Garret Touchstone - gdt3 Rob Zimmerman - rmz8


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
Olga Belomstnykh - osb5 David Bunker - dlb97
Brandon Chan - bjc54 Patrick Conrad - prc23
Shenglong Gao - sg369 Jonathan Guarino - jfg32
Rob Kesselman - rjk38 Andrew Knippenberg - ask44
Ricky Koontz - rlk35 Scott Linderman - swl28
Ian Livingston - isl5 Francisco Moneo-Soler - fm93
Wendy Shaun - wxs2 Young Son - yjs9
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: Usuf Husain - umh3 (

Subsystem Members
Maribel Torres-Vidal - mt343 Tommy Tsay - tct4

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
Heman Chawda - hkc2 Liwei Chen - lc276
Alexander Emmet - ahe7 Daniel Fitzgerald - dpf7
Brian Rudo - bcr22


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

Lead: Dan Lee - dl285 (

Subsystem Members
Richard Yan - ry35

Ground Segment

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

Lead: Kevin Graf - klg34 (

Subsystem Members
Frank Fort - fcf3 Sam Huang - ch285


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

Lead: Tyler Orchowski - tjo27 (

Subsystem Members
Steve Fuertes - saf42 James Maxwell - jem84
Robert Nitkin - ran24 Mau Rodriguez - mar97

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: John-o Honchariw - jnh27 (

Subsystem Members
Max Henderson - mwh33


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: Andrew Godbehere - abg34 (

Lead: Adam Maher - ajm66 (

Subsystem Members
Mike Cen - mc373 Aurelien Drevon - ad335
Andrew Hall - ajh62 Angie Israni - ai45
Xiao Li - xl72 Bei Li Liu - bl222
Erfan Parvez - eap43


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

Lead: Will Huang - wh84 (

Subsystem Members
Caitlin Carroll - cmc243 Dan Davis - did4
Tony Huang - th257 Jarrod Schaeffer - jls284


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: Jason Rostoker - jer44 (

Subsystem Members
Adam Kolozetti - abk43 Richard Larin - rdl27
Tim Lin - hl322 Jen Miller - jrm79
Jeremy Rosenweig - jpr36 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
Tony Li - tyl8 Shawn Xia Liang - xl78
Savannah McCoy - sjm63 Ok Joo Park - op29

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: Kevin Graf - klg34 (

Subsystem Members
Neha Bansal - nb83 Tyler Dolen - tmd29