Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Kris Young - khy6 (

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: Kris Young - khy6 (

Subsystem Members
Justin Fike - jrf44 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
Amanda Dropkin - amd69 Kate McGinnis - kam226


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: Ian Livingston - isl5 (

Subsystem Members
Brandon Chan - bjc54 Parker Imrie - pi28
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 (

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: Brian Rudo - bcr22 (

Subsystem Members
Daniel Fitzgerald - dpf7


The GPS team is responsible for the GPS receivers, antennas and algorithms used to calculate sub-centimeter relative positioning.

Lead: 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.

Lead: 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: 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 (


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: Andrew Godbehere - abg34 (

Lead: Adam Maher - ajm66 (

Subsystem Members
Arthur Kirkby - amk68 Xiao Li - xl72
Matt Rozek - mlr48 Jeffery Wu - jbw34


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

Lead: Robert Zimmerman - rmz8 (

Subsystem Members
Usuf Husain - umh3 Shreya Reddy - sgr6


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: Jason Rostoker - jer44 (

Subsystem Members
Vinay Badami - vvb3 Michael Heinz - mfh25
Jeff Herzberger - jdh45 Sasha Naydich - adn8
Eliot Quon - ewq2


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 (

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: Frank Fort - fcf3 (

Web Development

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

Lead: Yi Wei - yw99 (