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
Matthew Bays - mjb222 Justin Fike - jrf44
Mason Peck - mp336 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
Bohnish Banerji - bb226 John-o Honchariw - jnh27
Saleem Malkana - sam226 Kate McGinnis - kam226
Matthew Taylor - mmt26 Garret Touchstone - gdt3


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
Parker Imrie - pi28 Rob Kesselman - rjk38
Ricky Koontz - rlk35 Ian Livingston - isl5
Wendy Shaun - wxs2 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
George Jin - gj36 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
Liwei Chen - lc276 Tony Lau - tl235
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 Cheung - wc227 Dan Lee - dl285

Ground Segment

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

Subsystem Members
Anshuman Bhairavbhat - ab397 Frank Fort - fcf3


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 Tyler Orchowski - tjo27

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: Max Henderson - mwh33 (

Subsystem Members
Andrew Fleury - alf34 Kevin Martineau - ksm32
Emily Réjouis - ear46 Sara Yakin - say4


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: Sachin Desai - ssd25 (

Lead: Kevin Graf - klg34 (

Subsystem Members
Neha Bansal - nb83 Mike Cen - mc373
Tracy Dong - twd4 Andrew Godbehere - abg34
Bei Li Liu - bl222 Adam Maher - ajm66
Tirthal Patel - tnp4 Matt Rozek - mlr48


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

Lead: Norbert Huber - nh48 (

Subsystem Members
Siddharth Gauba - sg334 Will Huang - wh84
Usuf Husain - umh3 Benjamin Madoff - bsm24
Jarrod Schaeffer - jls284 Ojas Shah - os42
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
Jeff Herzberger - jdh45 Tim Lin - hl322
William Loo - wl225 Jen Miller - jrm79
Eliot Quon - ewq2 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 Savannah McCoy - sjm63
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 Abishek Subramanian - avs28
Ji Zheng - jz232 Paul Zhu - pz29

Web Development

The web development team is in charge of the designing and managing the CUSat website

Lead: Yi Wei - yw99 (

Subsystem Members
Yachen Hwang - ysh2 Christian Montoya - cmm98
Kenny Tsung - kpt8 Ray Wang - xcw2