What is PolySat?

PolySat is a student run, multidisciplinary independent research lab. We are the CubeSat development team of Cal Poly, an originator and leader for launches in the CubeSat community. A CubeSat is at minimum a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm (also called a 1U) satellite which can be developed for a relatively low cost. This allows students and other research institutions to perform experiments and participate in space exploration. Most of our launches are through the NASA ELaNa program and we have worked with various teams such as NASA Goddard, NASA JPL, SRI and Scientific Solutions. Our program has launched 8 satellites and is actively working on several more.

Our team consists of students majoring in Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Aerospace, Materials, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, as well as Physics, Business, Journalism and Graphic Design.

Our Mission

The primary objective of the PolySat lab is to give students hands-on experience designing, building, and operating satellites while promoting team-building across multiple engineering disciplines. It is a prime example of Cal Poly's "learn by doing" philosophy and produces highly-trained and experienced graduates sought after throughout the industry. 

Annual Report 2015-2016


The People of PolySat

Hear how Agricultural Business junior Olivia Garcia began her position as the Cal Poly CubeSat Laboratory (PolySat)'s Conference Coordinator. Also hear Garcia talk about insider details of this year's CubeSat Developers Workshop, including the recently confirmed theme.


Want to join our team?

Apply here! Turn in a hard copy M-F 9 am-5 pm.


See what we're up to at our lab.

Located at Building 192 (Engineering IV), Room 101