2016-2017

CubeSat Team

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.

 

Electrical Team 

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.

 

Software Team

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.

Industry Advisor

Bob Thomson

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. 

PolySat Team

 
 

Mechanical Team

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. 

 

Aerospace Team

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. 

CubeSat Staff

Left to Right: David Pignatelli, Alicia Johnstone, Justin Foley, Ryan Nugent

Left to Right: David Pignatelli, Alicia Johnstone, Justin Foley, Ryan Nugent

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.

 

2015-2016

CubeSat Team

Front Row: Andrew Meyer, Garrett Miele, Dylan Martin, Dakota Bass, Emelie Deans, Chris Naughton, Alex Petrov

Back Row: Kenji Yamamoto, Max Rosenberg, Michael Peck, Daniel Levan, Anthony Nahal, Yaakov Schefres, Bryce Youngson, Kent Rush, Alicia Johnstone, David Pignatelli 

Electrical Team

Left to Right: Samantha Romano, Christopher Gerdom, Cynthia Yu, Maddie Tran, Ian Mann, Marshall Miri, Alan Nonaka, Jimmy Tang, Max Walker, Alex Wargo, Nicholas Kimball, Kristina Forystek

Left to Right: Samantha Romano, Christopher Gerdom, Cynthia Yu, Maddie Tran, Ian Mann, Marshall Miri, Alan Nonaka, Jimmy Tang, Max Walker, Alex Wargo, Nicholas Kimball, Kristina Forystek

 

Software Team

Front Row: Sameer Jawale, Cody Rhoads, Noah Weitz, David Lennon, Andres Villa Back Row: Chandler Gifford, Matthew O'Neil, Alex Bartlett, Luca Soares, Luc Bouchard, Serbinder Singh, Travis Harper

Front Row: Sameer Jawale, Cody Rhoads, Noah Weitz, David Lennon, Andres Villa

Back Row: Chandler Gifford, Matthew O'Neil, Alex Bartlett, Luca Soares, Luc Bouchard, Serbinder Singh, Travis Harper

CubeSat Staff

Left to Right: Ryan Nugent, Justin Foley, David Pignatelli, Alicia Johnstone

Left to Right: Ryan Nugent, Justin Foley, David Pignatelli, Alicia Johnstone

PolySat Team

Mechanical Team

Front Row: Lindsay Meany, Peter Rivera, Sarah Rutland, David Baker, Jay Miley, Ben Azevedo  Back Row: Ross De Vito, Felix Haimerl, Alex Nichols 

Front Row: Lindsay Meany, Peter Rivera, Sarah Rutland, David Baker, Jay Miley, Ben Azevedo 

Back Row: Ross De Vito, Felix Haimerl, Alex Nichols 

Aerospace Team

Front Row: Trent Voris Middle Row: Liam Nolan, Nikolaus Powell, Carmelle Koren, DJ Pantone, Zachary Crawford Back Row: Liam Bruno, Grigory Heaton, Andrew Blocher, Michael Salinas, Jay Iuliano

Front Row: Trent Voris

Middle Row: Liam Nolan, Nikolaus Powell, Carmelle Koren, DJ Pantone, Zachary Crawford

Back Row: Liam Bruno, Grigory Heaton, Andrew Blocher, Michael Salinas, Jay Iuliano

2012 - 2015


Interested in joining our lab?

Turn in a hard copy at Bldg 192, Rm 101 M-F 9am - 5pm

 

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Building 192, Room 101
San Luis Obispo, CA — 93407

Directions:
PolySat's main lab is located in Room 101 of Building 192 (Engineering IV). Parking lots are metered during the week, and monitored from 7am to 10 pm. We can provide free parking with advanced notice. If you are interested in visiting, please contact us via the web form so we can provide more information.