Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Justin Hahn - jdh59 (

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: Justin Hahn - jdh59 (

Subsystem Members
Ankit Disa - asd47 Kevin Meissner - kam249
Nathaniel Parsons - nsp25 Brandon Richardson - bsr26
Matthew Safran - mls256 Wendy Shaun - wxs2


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: Ankit Disa - asd47 (

Subsystem Members
Hans Feng - jqf2 Michael Knollmeyer - mjk78
Brian Pescatore - bhp7 Celia Song - cs394
Sara Traynor - sat47

Software Systems

The Software Systems team is responsible for the coordination of all software on the ground and in flight. In addition, all software implementation and maintenance that does not fall under ADCNS or Ground Systems will be performed by this team.

Lead: Nathaniel Parsons - nsp25 (

Subsystem Members
Michael Boor - mdb236 Vicki Chuang - vlc6
Michael Goetz - mag222 Michael Knollmeyer - mjk78
Brian Pescatore - bhp7 Ryan Zhou - rz42

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: Wendy Shaun - wxs2 (

Subsystem Members
Michael Boor - mdb236 Michael Epstein - mde23
Michael Goetz - mag222 Timothy Kim - tjk68
Jeff Lee - jl878 Adam Yozwiak - awy23

Ground Systems

Ground Systems encompasses both the ground stations that communicate with the satellites using amateur radio, and InControl, the software used in the mission control center. Currently, there are ground stations in Ithaca, NY and on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.

Lead: Nathaniel Parsons - nsp25 (

Subsystem Members
David Bjanes - dab355 Arvind Kulkarni - avk34
Kevin Meissner - kam249

Electrical Systems

The Electrical System team manufactures, tests, and maintains all of the electrical hardware in the spacecraft. This includes the wiring harnesses, cameras, propulsion system (both Pulse Plasma Thrusters and reaction wheels), power systems, and GPS hardware.

Lead: Brandon Richardson - bsr26 (

Subsystem Members
Vicki Chuang - vlc6 Howard Kim - hgk5
Hera Li - wl277 Yuchen Zhang - yz238

Mechanical Systems

The Mechanical Systems team manufactures the satellite structure and manages the design. The structure includes eight isogrid panels as well as numerous electronics board enclosures. This team also develops the Pulsed-Plasma Thrusters (PPTs) that are used for attitude and position control.

Lead: Kevin Meissner - kam249 (

Integration and Test

This team is responsible for the rapid integration of the spacecraft. They will also test the spacecraft as thoroughly as possible to ensure successful launch and operations.

Lead: Matthew Safran - mls256 (