Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Maruthi Narayaran - mn252 (

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: Maruthi Narayaran - mn252 (


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
Dmitry Bershadsky - db267 Brandon Chan - bjc54
Joshua Fikentscher - jrf27 Ian Livingston - isl5

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
Shihjia Lee - sl362 Ozan Mutluer - om33


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 Kevin Graf - klg34
Benjamin Madoff - bsm24 Robert Zimmerman - rmz8


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: Norbert Huber - nh48 (

Subsystem Members
Dmitry Bershadsky - db267


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: Kyle Renshaw - ckr7 (

Subsystem Members
Jay Anderson - jga9 Simmie Berman - sfb7
Benjamin Kennedy - brk22 Tim Lin - hl322


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: Maruthi Narayaran - mn252 (

Subsystem Members
Jesse Adland - jsa25 George Jin - gj36
Heidi Ng - hkn3

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 (

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 (


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 (

Web Development

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

Lead: Konstantin Shkurko - (