Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Hailee Hettrick - heh54 (

Spacecraft Technologist:

  • Liran Gazit - lg345

Team Enrollment


The Attitude Control Subsystem (ACS) is responsible for both sensing and controlling the spacecraft attitude. The team creates a simulation of the spacecraft dynamics and writes the Kalman filter and control software used to steer the satellite.

Lead: Chris Anderson - cma227 (

Subsystem Members
Kavan Bhavin - kab395 Nicolas Farino - naf36
Keith Hoge - kmh235 Rohan Patel - rp432
Dan Rohr - dcr83 Frances Zhu - fz55

Command and Data Handling

CDH is the central hub for communication and computation on the satellite. Using a single board computer, CDH executes the ACS algoritms and writes low-level software to control the spacecraft hardware.

Lead: Oscar Pacheco - ofp3 (

Subsystem Members
Michael Henning - mch258

Ground Systems

Ground Systems encompasses both the ground stations that communicate with the satellites using amateur radio, and InControl, the software used in the mission control center. Currently, there are ground stations in Ithaca, NY and on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.

Lead: Andre Heil - avh34 (

Subsystem Members
Joseph Trancho - jjt89


The Harness subsystem is responsible for satellite wiring, the electronics backplane, the electrical interface boards, and any System level electrical concerns.

Lead: David Levine - djl298 (

Subsystem Members
Kevin Hui - kh523

Integration and Test

This team is responsible for the rapid integration of the spacecraft. They will also test the spacecraft as thoroughly as possible to ensure successful launch and operations.

Lead: Jamil Fares - jef283 (

Subsystem Members
Somrita Banerjee - sb892 Jake Harburg - jfh243
Andrei Isichenko - ami25 Sanika Kulkarni - svk28
Rosako Wagner - rw425

Mission Ops

The Mission Ops team defines the detailed, on orbit operations plan for the Violet satellite. Operating procedures are defined to match with hardware and mission specifications and help ensure successful execution of the mission.

Lead: Kenta Labur - kl459 (

Subsystem Members
Andrew Cadwallader - adc24 Goji Miyao - gm392
Samuel Svenningsen - sjs382 Bryan Zhu - bzz3


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

Lead: William Voge - wjv29 (

Subsystem Members
Roberto Baquerizo - rjb378 Joyce Cao - jc2649
Akshay Dongaonkar - akd54 Vivek Gaddam - vrg22
Gautam Ramaswamy - grr37 Kevin Zhao - xz254

Structures and Survivability

This team is responsible for designing, analyzing, and manufacturing all mechanical components of the satellite as well as the logistics of the internal components. The are also responsible for analyzing and controlling the satellite's thermal, electrical and vibrational environment on the ground, during launch, and in orbit. Analyses include EMI, atomic oxygen, venting, structural, and thermal.

Lead: McKenzie Read - mwr58 (

Subsystem Members
Somrita Banerjee - sb892 Grace Horton-Smith - gah96


The Violet 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 to ensure a successful product.

Lead: Hailee Hettrick - heh54 (

Telemetry and Communications

T+C is responsible for satellite to ground communications. T+C uses modified commercial radios operating in amateur frequency bands to transmit and receive data and commands between the satellite and the ground stations.

Lead: Padraig Lysandrou - psl58 (