CalSat Final Documentation

By: Gerald Frolich, Project Manager The justification for the CalSat program rooted from the past history of all CubeSat launches up until now.

Trade-Off Study: Chassis Material

By: Seth Drake 7075-T6 Aluminum between 87.2-91.4% Zinc between 5.1-6.1% Magnesium between 2.1-2.9% Copper between 1.2-2.0% Density 2.8 g/cm3 Strength-to-weight ratio 211kN-m/kg Most expensive

Trade-Off Study: Sensor Suite in One CalSat or Multiple CalSats

By: Seth Drake One CalSat: Pros: All components and sensors will be in one cube Do not have to worry about purchasing materials to make multiple cubes Costs less to produce a single cube Allows for easier transportation

Trade-Off Study: Radiation Testing Location

By: Seth Drake Sending CubeSats to JPL: Pros: Excellent testing facilities Experts in space radiation Thorough tests to simulate space flight Students will be safe from radiation


By: Gerald Frolich, Project Manager What is Known: The number CubeSats being launched every year is increasing exponentially Most of the planned launches are expected to come from new participants with little or no experience with CubeSats, the majority of which are at the university level Half of the CubeSats launched from universities fail to […]

JPL & CSULB Partnership

By: David Baroff CSULB College of Engineering has currently established a partnership with JPL via Dr. Henry Garrett as the principle investigator of the project. CSULB will have the role of generating a survey of recent and planned CubeSat missions, especially the ones at a university level.

Preliminary Model

By: Dickson Yuen The image below is the current state of the CalSat calibration cube CAD model. This is not intended to be a final render of CalSat, but to give a visualization of the 1U variant of a CubeSat that follows the standards originally developed by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The CalSat Concept

By: Dickson Yuen NASA has recently announced the fifth round of selections of the CubeSat launch initiative. There are fourteen CubeSats selected from twelve states that will fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Launch & Mission Sets

By: Seth Drake Launch and mission sets will be developed from a database of standards specific to what kind of launch vehicle the CubeSat will be travelling on (launch sets) and standards to what kind of environment the CubeSat will encounter during its mission (mission sets).

University Vs. Industry

By: Seth Drake Industry CubeSat standards vary drastically from those of universities. Universities often do not have the necessary budget or finances to work with state-of-the-art test facilities or hi-tech lab equipment.