CubeSat team members develop innovative solutions to improve the P-POD design and assembles P-POD hardware in-house. The students exercise integration and testing procedures, qualify hardware for launch, and manage on-campus thermal vacuum, vibration, and shock test facilities.
The electrical team designs and tests all electronics on our CubeSats. They specialize in high density digital and analog printed circuit board (PCB) design, which allows Cal Poly CubeSats to be as small as possible while still performing like larger satellites.
The software team writes modular, reusable, and fault-tolerant code for the satellites and ground station. Team members develop software to receive commands, downlink data, operate the mission payload, read sensors, perform altitude changes, and ensure satellite health.
Visiting Industry Director
(Cal Poly Alum, B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 1981)
Bob retired from Lockheed Martin where he started as an aerodynamics engineer focusing on F-117, U-2 and unmanned vehicle programs in 1981. From there, he assumed increasingly responsible positions, including managing payload and avionics subsystems for the Dark Star UAV program, and evolving to his position as vice president, special programs, leading several multi-billion dollar satellite development programs. Bob's support of PolySat program stems from his passion for space and the fantastic hands-on opportunity the program provides Cal Poly students, which will help them hit the ground running when they start their career.
The mechanical team is responsible for the layout, structures and deployable mechanisms for our CubeSats. The mechanical design, fabrication, and testing is completed by our student team using Cal Poly's on-campus facilities.
The aerospace team develops and tests the attitude determination and control systems, conducts thermal and environmental analysis, and assists in the overall mission operations and systems engineering aspect of each CubeSat.
The CubeSat staff advises students in both the CubeSat and PolySat programs, and provides several services to the CubeSat community outside of Cal Poly. They provide services supporting industry relations, certification & licensing, documentation, and operation.