The Satellites team builds imaging and scientific CubeSats, sensors, distributed networks, and an optical communication system.

Team Leads


Anjali Roychowdhury

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Shi Tuck

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QB50 Discovery

QB50 is an international effort between universities to install a network of distributed satellites with a focus on scientific data acquisition, particularly with application to space weather and the environment. This is a collaboration between SSI, Stanford SSDL, and NASA Ames.

Optical Communications

Optical Communications is a student-led project aiming to develop the capability to establish high-bandwidth data links over free space. The group is beginning the initial design phase of a two-Cubesat optical communications mission, which will be the first nanosatellite mission to demonstrate intersatellite laser communications over distances of approximately 100-200km.

Demo Image


SNAPS (Stanford Nano Picture Satellite) is a project co-sponsored by SSI and Stanford SSDL. SNAPS is a 1/4 U Cubesat with 1080p camera and integrated photoprocessing and analysis with downlink capability. SNAPS launched at the end of 2015.

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