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

In this insider edition of “People of PolySat,” learn about the PolySat members who are behind the mission ExoCube 2. Hear about what the CubeSat will be measuring in space, its mission status and what PolySat members have learned while working on ExoCube 2 as its launch date approaches. 


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