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Cal Poly’s 12th CubeSat Mission Will Wing Its Way Into Space on Jan. 13 in a Novel Way

Jan 11, 2021


ExoCube 2 is among 10 small satellites flying aboard Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket that takes off under the wing of a Boeing 747 before being dropped and fired into orbit

Virgin Orbit teammates complete a dry run of the payload encapsulation process last August inside its ‘Nebula’ payload processing facility ahead of the company’s Launch Demo 2 mission. The payload has 10 small satellites, called CubeSats, including Cal Poly’s 12th CubeSat, ExoCube 2. Virgin Orbit is gearing up for ELaNa 20, the Jan. 13 Launch Demo 2 flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly CubeSat will ride on Wednesday Jan. 13 aboard Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket on its second attempt to reach space.

The rocket includes nine other NASA-sponsored small satellites on the space agency’s next Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) mission. This is the first payload carried by Virgin Orbit’s rocket that will be carried aloft under the wing of a modified Boeing 747 to an altitude of 35,000 feet, released and fired into orbit.

Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Students Advance to Semifinals in NASA Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge

Jan 6, 2021


The team of eight seniors is working on a prototype to harvest water on other planets that could lead to extended manned space exploration missions

 Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge.SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the second straight year, a team of Cal Poly mechanical engineering seniors has advanced to the semifinals of a NASA challenge to develop a device to harvest water from ice on the moon and Mars that could pave the way for extended manned space missions.

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announced that Cal Poly was among a dozen teams from universities across the nation named to the next round of the 2021 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts — Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. The finalists will design, build and test prototype systems capable of extracting water from ice deposits buried beneath simulated lunar or Martian soil.

Cal Poly University Students Hold Rose Float Design Competition

Dec 24, 2020


Creativity flourishes in contest featuring concept, design and decoration plans but no construction in advance of national New Year’s Day TV special highlighting the work of the student float builders

Strength in Numbers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly universities Rose Float teams got back to the business of designing a parade float despite the worldwide COVID pandemic that forced the cancellation of the 2021 Rose Parade®.

Cal Poly Shares Details of Winter Quarter Operations

Dec 17, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly today is sharing details of its winter operations plan, which staggers the return of on-campus students during the first week, requires more frequent student COVID-19 testing, increases on-campus isolation capacity, and includes an all-virtual finals week.

Cal Poly to Present Annual Bach Week Virtually Jan. 19-23

Dec 16, 2020


Admission to All Presentations is Free

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present Bach Week from Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 19-23, with all presentations offered virtually and with free admission.

Cal Poly Researchers Receive Public Interest Technology Grant to Utilize Virtual Reality in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Trainings

Dec 16, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — An interdisciplinary group of Cal Poly faculty members has been awarded a $45,000 Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN)Challenge grant to further support the critical new field of public interest technology.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Startup Launches Online Marketplace to Encourage Sustainability

Dec 16, 2020


Garret Perkins FIG Co-Founder

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) HotHouse Incubator company recently launched The Future Is Good (FIG), an online marketplace that sells sustainable goods and connects users with content that teaches the importance of sustainability and provides resources needed to improve their environmental impacts.

“Our mission is to empower individuals and organizations to make the future good through education, community and sustainable shopping,” Garrett Perkins said.

Cal Poly Study Shows Birdsongs Benefit Humans

Dec 16, 2020


Avian sounds during hikes boosted peoples’ sense of well-being

Wilsons Warbler

SAN LUIS OBISPO — If you thought your morning hike was contributing to your well-being, a new Cal Poly study shows that you’re right, especially if our avian friends were singing while you strolled.

Cal Poly Strategic Research Initiative Funding Supports First-of-its-Kind Institute to Research Holistic Solutions to Prevent Destructive Wildfires

Dec 10, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — An interdisciplinary group of Cal Poly faculty and staff, partnered with industry and community members, have received support from the university to officially establish a unique institute to research wildfires and risk reduction strategies, tactical and technical firefighting practices and more resilient methods of building in fire-prone areas. 

Cal Poly Architecture Student Team Wins National 2020 Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition

Dec 8, 2020


Cal Poly’s student NOMA chapter won the prestigious 2020 Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition with their entry, Oakland Flowz, which draws upon existing BART transportation infrastructure in the Bay Area city to reimagine a fluid, mobile architecture that could broaden community outreach and increase accessibility to public essentials.
The team of eight students edged groups from 28 universities in the U.S. and Canada to claim title and $2,000 prize 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of Cal Poly architecture students won the 2020 Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition, a national contest by the National Organization of Minority Architects

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