It’s Alive!

After a amazing launch, the PolySat team returned to the lab at Cal Poly to hear the first signs of life from ExoCube. ExoCube’s RF transmit timer was set for three hours after deployment as a safety precaution to allow multiple antenna deployment attempts to happen on a full battery. The wait for someone to hear us was almost unbearable once GRIFEX and Firebird 3/4 were heard.

Michigan finally picked up a some blips on the correct frequency spaced 45 seconds apart. ExoCube was heard!

Thanks to PE0SAT for the recording and Logan Sisca for the annotation of ExoCube’s Morse code beacon “XO3”.



The first two way communication was also completed tonight.

NASA EDGE Vodcast Online!

The previously mentioned NASA EDGE teams tour was a huge success!

Do you have questions about CubeSats? Ever curious how Cal Poly is involved? NASA EDGE’s vodcast answers these questions and more. Video link and transcript here:

The video starts with NASA’s Garrett Skrobot starts with the educational aspects of CubeSats and NASA’s involvement in providing launches. The video follows up with a tour of our lab, including interviews with our advisor Dr. Jordi Puig-Suari and our Program Manager Brian Tubb.



Our lab is going to be on NASA EDGE, a vodcast which reveals the latest and greatest in NASA labs. Today, they are interviewing our advisor Jordi Puig-Suari and several students. The past, present, and future of CubeSats will be discussed, as well as humanizing the excellent student engineers who make it all possible.

Video will be linked once it goes online.


New Website!

PolySats new website is live! Check here for status updates about Cal Poly’s CubeSat design team.

If you have any questions, please use the ‘Contact Us’ form floating on the bottom right.

Older Posts

Note: These are old posts from the original website. The site has been upgraded to a new CMS. These are the original news posts.


September 15th, 2009

CP6 has stopped beaconing. We are trying to diagnose the problem.

May 24th, 2009

We’re making regular contact with CP6 and it’s currently beaconing every 30 seconds. We really appreciate all the data being forwarded to us from around the world! Thanks to everyone listening!

May 21st, 2009

The first beacon heard from CP6 is posted on the CP6 page along with audio.

May 21st, 2009

There has been some confusion on the modulation used for the CP6 beacons. The satellite transmits FSK in SSB, not FM. Specifically, we tuned the radio for 437.365 LSB. Contact us if you have any questions. Sorry for the confusion!

May 19th, 2009

CP6 is beaconing and it appears to be doing well.

May 19th, 2009

CP6 has been launched. See the CP6 page for more information.

April 17th, 2007

Contact has been made with CP4. We are waiting to contact CP3 until we have better TLEs.

April 17th, 2007

April 16th, 2007

Today is CP2 launch! (11:46 PM PDT) Students can join us in the Advanced Technology Laboratories building. More info here

August 10th, 2006

Today part of our team is heading out to Utah to attend the 3rd anual CubeSat workshopand the 20th annual SmallSat conference.

July 26th, 2006 20:42 UTC

Still awaiting more information on launch failure.

July 26th, 2006 20:04 UTC

Launch was unsuccessful, updates as soon as we get them

July 26th, 2006 19:58 UTC

Simulated deployment of all satellites completed, awaiting confirmation of deployment

July 26th, 2006 19:46 UTC

Successful first stage separation.

July 26th, 2006 19:43 UTC

LIFTOFF! All vehicle parameters are normal.

July 26th, 2006 19:38 UTC

Vehicle has been cleared for launch, health status of all satellites is good.

July 26th, 2006

Today is the launch! Students can join us in observing a television feed of the launch at 12:00 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Laboratories building.

July 12th, 2006

The Cal Poly integration team has landed in Baikonur Cosmodrome and preparations have begun for the July 26th launch. Today, they unpacked the crate containing the five flight P-PODs, one backup P-POD and 14 CubeSats. The crate was in good physical condition, as were the contents.