TARGIT is a 3U, solar-powered CubeSat that will contain a compact altimetry laser system. This compact laser system is capable of delivering accurate topographic data using an on-board LiDAR system from as far at 10 kilometers away. The applications for this mission are particularly valuable for mapping the topography of near by planetary bodies such as moons and near-Earth asteroids.

TARGIT is a joint mission with Dr. Gunter’s group, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Craft Overview:


TARGIT was selected in 2017 to be launched as a part of the ELaNa program by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSIL).

Sources and Additional Information:

  1. http://www.ssdl.gatech.edu/research/projects/tethering-and-ranging-mission-georgia-institute-technology-targit
  2. https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/targit.htm
  3. https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sat/cubesat.htm
  4. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/index.html
Full NameThe Tethering and Ranging Mission of the Georgia Institute of Technology
StatusFinal integration and assembly of satellites
Launch DateTBD
Downlink FrequencyTBD
Principal InvestigatorBrian Gunter


The VISORS mission, Virtual Super-resolution Optics using Reconfigurable Swarms, is a multi-university cubesat mission aimed at capturing high resolution images of the sun. Georgia Tech is working on this mission in conjunction with Perdue University.

Craft Overview:

This mission will comprise of two 6U sized cubesats aimed at imaging the sun. The high definition imaging of the “solar corona” is required to determine the existence of theorized “heat release bands.” The existence of such bands would explain why the solar corona exhibits such unexpectedly high temperatures.

Sources and Additional Information:

  1. https://ssdl.gatech.edu/research/projects/visors-virtual-super-resolution-optics-using-reconfigurable-swarms
  2. https://engineering.purdue.edu/VIP/teams/visors
Full NameVirtual Super-resolution Optics using Reconfigurable Swarms
StatusIn Progress
Launch DateTBD
Principal InvestigatorGlenn Lightsey