Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Adam Yozwiak - awy23 (

Project Advisors:

  • Dr. Mark Campbell
  • Dr. Mark Psiaki

Spacecraft Technologist:

  • Liran Gazit - lg345
Fall 2011 Team:


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
Sergio Biagioni - sab323 Jeremy Feinstein - jlf248
Micah Foster - mmf26 Troy Hoffa - tjh97
Kelly Loving - kjl97 Samiul Nur - shn23
Jason Zhou - jlz27

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
Samir Borle - smb435 Sarah Brotman - smb375
Steven Dourmashkin - sjd227 Yanbin Feng - yf225
Paul Jackson - pjj39 Garrick Lau - gl259
Jessie Lin - jl2364 Joseph Mongeluzzi - jam634
Shiva Rajagopal - svr24 Haines Sy - hls54
Alvin Wijaya - aaw39 Wenhai Yang - wy83

Ground Segment

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

Lead: Tunc Ertan - te53 (

Subsystem Members
Iain Carmichael - idc9 Abdel Kamel - ak883

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
Joseph Mongeluzzi - jam634 Haines Sy - hls54


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: Adam Yozwiak - awy23 (

Subsystem Members
Michael Goetz - mag222 Tricia Hevers - teh32