Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Michael Goetz - mag222 (

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: Tricia Hevers - teh32 (

Subsystem Members
Shawn Bonneau - slb298 Tunc Ertan - te53
Jeremy Feinstein - jlf248 Evan Gonshor - evg9
Jin-Sung Kim - jk738 Enrique "Max" Longton - eml99
Michael Malinin - mm937

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: Jeff Lee - jl878 (

Lead: Adam Yozwiak - awy23 (

Subsystem Members
Michael Boor - mdb236 Sarah Brotman - smb375
Alexandra Hilbert - amh275 Wenceslaus Lee - wwl45
Joseph Mongeluzzi - jam634

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: Michael Mazzola - mdm275 (

Subsystem Members
Saummya Kaushal - sk868 Clement Ng - ycn3
Christine Sandacz - cms376

InControl Development

The InControl-Dev team develops InControl ground control software for CUSat flight operations. This includes interfacing between ground systems, implementing software that allows for easy control and communication with both satellites, and supporting mission operators.

Lead: Michael Goetz - mag222 (

Subsystem Members
Daniel Girshovich - djg252 Joseph Mongeluzzi - jam634


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: Michael Goetz - mag222 (

Lead: Adam Yozwiak - awy23 (