• Satellite Name:  CP1
  • School:  California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo
  • Mission  Sun Sensor, and Magnetic Torquer
  • Launch Date:  July 26, 2006
  • Comm Frequency:  436.845
  • Modulation:  DTMF
  • Comm Output Power:  300 mW
  • Project Status:  Satellite complete and delivered, Dnepr 1 rocket failure


Project History

CP1 is Cal poly’s first satellite. Jack Schaffner won a paper writing contest for Smallsat to kick off PolySat.


The primary mission of CP1 was the testing of a sun sensor donated by Optical Energy technoloies, as well as the use of a sungle magnetic torquer embedded within a side panl. Being the first satellite built by Cal Poly, emphasis was placed on building a progressive program relying on documentation and the passing of knowledge and skills.


CP1 launched July 26th, 2006 on the Dnepr 1 mission. The satllite unfortunately did not make it to orbit due to a rocket fialure.

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