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: Douglas Kaiser - dtk42 (

Subsystem Members
Juan Gomez - jcg247 Quinn Halpin - qmh4
Padraig Lysandrou - psl58 Francisca Perez - fmp36

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: Kevin Hui - kh523 (

Subsystem Members
Louis Cruz - lac323 James Redd - jsr283
Alex Trestyn - act88

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: Akshay Kadhiresan - ark83 (


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
Christina Xu - chx3

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 (

Lead: David Levine - djl298 (

Subsystem Members
Elizabeth Brandt - emb359 Katherine Roberts - khr24

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: Samuel Svenningsen - sjs382 (

Subsystem Members
Mark Unter - mju25 Bryan Zhu - bzz3


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

Lead: Joyce Cao - jc2649 (

Subsystem Members
Saelig Khattar - sak283 William Voge - wjv29

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: Grace Horton-Smith - gah96 (

Subsystem Members
Somrita Banerjee - sb892


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 (