Project Management

Principal Investigator:

Program Manager:

  • Hunter Adams - vha3 (

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: Peter Mintun - pjm258 (

Lead: Abhiram Sundaram - as2384 (

Subsystem Members
Hunter Adams - vha3 Chris Anderson - cma227
Kavan Bhavin - kab395 ChuFei Huang - ch684
Deirdre Quillen - deq2 Jordan Radas - jjr88
Chelsea Sidrane - crs325 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 (

Lead: Eric Schuh - ejs275 (

Subsystem Members
Jake Burchard - jkb239 Daniel Galvez - dtg42
Aaron Gustafson - jag426 Ashton Hsu - amh333
Amanda Ishikawa - ayi4 Kevin Lee - kkl53
Julia Mei - jm2232 Dhruv Singhai - ds793
Bryce Theobald - bdt26 Clara Thomas - clt84
Alex Trestyn - act88 Fabien Vaucheret - fpv8
Richard Zhang - rmz35

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
Arjun Biddanda - aab227 Mahak Goel - mg785
Muhammad Khan - mhk98 Qingyun Xie - qx28


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

Lead: William Milne - wmm46 (

Subsystem Members
Hailee Hettrick - heh54 David Li - dhl72
Charles Tark - cyt25

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: Iona Brockie - ikb7 (

Subsystem Members
Jamil Fares - jef283 Rebecca Jung - krj36
Sukrae Lee - sl2342 Robert McBride - rsm242
Leslie Munyao - lwm54 Amanda Steckel - avs55
Sungwon Yun - sy392

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
Demian Arancibia - dna33 Andrew Cadwallader - adc24
Daniel Liu - dl596 Goji Miyao - gm392
Samuel Svenningsen - sjs382 Jim Yu - jly29
Bryan Zhu - bzz3


The Payload subsystem is responsible for designing the Violet payload which includes primarily the telescope and imager.

Lead: Scott Mansfield - smm447 (

Subsystem Members
Cameron Bartok - chb97 Jake Burchard - jkb239
Trevor McDonald - tdm67 Bryan Zhu - bzz3


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

Lead: Adam Wrobel - agw39 (

Subsystem Members
Siyi Fu - sf323 Vivek Gaddam - vrg22
Aparna Pande - ap539 Pol Posello - pr342
William Voge - wjv29 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: Cam Smith - cas384 (

Subsystem Members
Kristopher Yoo - kay22


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: Hunter Adams - vha3 (

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: Jeffrey Niu - jn286 (

Lead: Chen Yang - cy255 (

Subsystem Members
Gus Donnelly - gmd68 Tabatha Felter - tlf49
Gregory Huizinga - gkh36 Vasudharini Mannar - vkm22