Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Paul Jackson - pjj39 (

Project Advisors:

  • Dr. Mark Campbell
  • Dr. Mark Psiaki

Spacecraft Technologist:

  • Liran Gazit - lg345
Spring 2013 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: Troy Hoffa - tjh97 (

Lead: Garrick Lau - gl259 (

Subsystem Members
Aastha Acharya - aa533 Christopher Atkins - ca362
Steven Dourmashkin - sjd227 Doug Kaiser - dtk42
Josh Krongelb - jnk45 Dan LaChapelle - dml337
William Lee - wjl57 Priya Nambiar - pkn6

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 (

Subsystem Members
Alexandra Abad - mea88 Faye Elgart - fmh39
Kat Juraschek - kfj9 Shiva Rajagopal - svr24
Noah Wegener - ndw24

Ground Segment

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

Subsystem Members
Arjun Biddanda - aab227 Tabatha Felter - tlf49
Muhammad Khan - mhk98


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: Paul Jackson - pjj39 (