Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Tricia Hevers - teh32 (

Project Advisors:

  • Dr. Mark Campbell
  • Dr. Mark Psiaki

Spacecraft Technologist:

  • Liran Gazit - lg345
Spring 2012 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 Steven Dourmashkin - sjd227
Tunc Ertan - te53 Jeremy Feinstein - jlf248
Yanbin Feng - yf225 Micah Foster - mmf26
Joshua Hagins - jdh298 Troy Hoffa - tjh97
Swathi Jayavel - sj33 Jacob Kiefer - jtk54
Kevin Lo - kl443 Kelly Loving - kjl97
Matthew Skeels - mls529

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: Sarah Brotman - smb375 (

Lead: Paul Jackson - pjj39 (

Lead: Jeff Lee - jl878 (

Subsystem Members
Alexandra Abad - mea88 Samir Borle - smb435
Garrick Lau - gl259 Jessie Lin - jl2364
Shiva Rajagopal - svr24 Haines Sy - hls54

Ground Segment

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

Lead: Michael Goetz - mag222 (

Subsystem Members
Arjun Biddanda - aab227 Andre Heil - avh34
Muhammad Khan - mhk98

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
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: Tricia Hevers - teh32 (

Subsystem Members
Michael Goetz - mag222