• Satellite Name: CP2
  • School: California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo
  • Mission Energy Dissipation Experiment, CP Bus test
  • Launch Date: July 26, 2006
  • Comm Frequency: 437.325
  • Modulation: FSK
  • Comm Output Power: ~500 mW
  • Project Status: Satellite complete and delivered, Dnepr 1 rocket failure

Project History

CP2 is Cal Poly’s second satellite. Development began around Fall of 2003 and was officially called “done” in March of 2005. The team behind CP2 contained engineers from several disciplines, including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. Many lessons were learned from the design and construction of CP1 and put to good use with CP2.


The primary missions of CP2 were an energy dissipation experiment as well as a field-test of what we have dubbed the CP Bus. CP2 marks our first attempt at “standardizing” a CubeSat bus to enable easier integration of a wide variety of payloads.


CP2 launched July 26th, 2006 on the Dnepr 1 mission. The satellite unfortunately did not make it to orbit due to rocket failure. See CP4 and the Dnepr 2 launch.

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