The pre-4th Mission Idea Contest

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October 15, 2016
Please welcome our new regional coordinator Dr. Mario Alberto García-Ramírez (Universidad de Guadalajara)

August 29, 2016
The full paper deadline was extended to September 11, 2016.

August 29, 2016
Please welcome our new regional coordinator Hala Almubarak (University of Khartoum, Sudan)

July 31, 2016
The 4th UNISEC-Global Meeting will be held at Hotel Longoz in Varna, Bulgaria.

July 29, 2016
Bulgaria has been chosen as the new host country for UNISEC-Global Meeting. The new venue is Kamchia which is located 25km south from Varna. Detail logistic information will be available soon. Please note that the duration has been shorten to "Oct 18-23." from "Oct 17-23." Deorbit Device Competition will be held in Oct 20, not Oct 21.

July 21, 2016
Due to the growing security concerns in Turkey, we have decided to reconsider the venue for the 7th Nano-Satellte Symposium and the 4th UNISEC-Global Meeting including the 4th Mission Idea Contest in Istanbul in October 17-23, 2016. We will announce the venue soon.

June 30, 2016
Ten finalists of MIC4 were announced!

May 23, 2016
Please welcome our new regional coordinatorVladimir Saetchnikov (Belarusian State University, Belarus)

March 28, 2016
The abstract submission deadline was postponed by one week. The new deadline is April 11. (Japanese Standard Time)

March 20, 2016
Please welcome Sean Tuttle (University of New South Wales, Australia)

March 4, 2016
Please welcome our new regional coordinator
Le Xuan Huy (Vietnam National Satellite Center)

February 6, 2016
Overview of the 4th Mission Idea Contest was updated

January 31, 2016
Please welcome our new regional coordinator
Naoufal Raissouni (University of Abdelmalek Essaadi, Morocco)

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Introduction to the Mission Idea Contest

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The Mission Idea Contest (MIC) was established in 2010 to provide aerospace engineers, college students, consultants, and anybody interested in space with opportunities to present their creative ideas and gain attention internationally. The primary goal of MICs is to open a door to a new facet of space exploration and exploitation.

Development of micro/nano-satellites started as an educational and research program primarily at university laboratories. As the micro/nano-satellite technology matures, it has spread rapidly across the academics and industry for practical application.

More about the 4th Mission Idea Contest


HORUS - a CubeSat-based multi-angle and multi-spectral Earth Observation (EO) system Alice Pellegrino Sapienza - University of Rome Italy
Development of Microsatellite to Detect Illegal Fishing "MS-SAT"Ernest ConstantineBandung Institute of TechnologyIndonesia
Lunar Orbit CubeSat InjectorJose Rodrigo Cordova AlarconKyushu Institute of TechnologyJapan
NetCubeSat and SDR based communication system for climate change understandingOmar Ben BahriUniversity of Monastir- Microelectronic and instrumentation LabTunisia
Landslide Prediction Mission in Cooperation with Hillside Censor Network RobotsRyuichi SekitaFukuyama UniversityJapan
CubeSat observing atmospheric and space electricity for the science of serious natural disasters: A Challenge to their mitigationsShoho TogoTokyo Gakugei UniversityJapan
Cubesat constellation for monitoring and detection of bushfires in AustraliaSiddharth DoshiUNSWAustralia
Space Debris Identification, Classification and Aggregation with Optimized Satellite SwarmsStoil IvanovSofia University St. Kliment OhridskiBulgaria
Development of a Ionospheric Electron Content and Weather Measurement System in a CubeSat nanosatellite missionWalter Calles GlassInstituto Politecnico NacionalMexico
In-Space Outgassing Laboratory Distant From Earth (ISOLDE) Yigit CayIstanbul Technical UniversityTurkey

(Alphabetical order of first name)


Encourage innovative exploitation of micro/nano-satellites to provide useful capabilities, services or data.


Any individual, group or company with suitable space systems expertise and an enthusiasm for nano-satellites

One Category

Mission Idea and Satellite Design

Target Satellite(s)

satellite(s) weighing less than 50 kg

Evaluation Criteria

Originality (50 points)
  • Novel mission concept not yet realized or proposed, or a new implementation of an existing capability or service (25)
  • Impact on society (25)
Feasibility (50 points)
  • Technical (20)
  • Programmatic (cost estimate, development schedule, infrastructure requirements) (15)
  • Operational (description of ground segment and communications architecture, e.g., planned use of existing infrastructure) (15)

Reasons for participation

  • Finalists will make a final presentation on Oct 21, 2016. Venue is to be announced
  • Awards (TBC)
    • 1st place and 2nd place
    • Student Prize
    • Best poster award
  • Selected papers will be published.
  • High visibility for your ideas and the potential for future collaboration and support

Important Dates

October 5, 2015Call for Paper
April 11, 2016Abstract Due
Abstract template
Jun 30, 2016Notification of Acceptance
September 1, 2016
September 11, 2016
Full Paper Submission Due
Full paper template
October 21, 2016Final presentation


Hotel "Longoz"
Sanatorium and Wellness Complex Resort “Kamchia”
Municipality of Avren, city of Varna, Bulgaria

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(NOTE: At this moment the attendees shall NOT make reservations themselves with the hotel directly as the local organizer will make reservation as group.)

How to reach :
taxi/Rent-a-car from Varna Airport ( ~30 km, 30 min drive)
taxi/Rent-a-car from Burgas Airport (~90 km, 1h30min drive)
taxi/Rent-a-car from Sofia Airport (~470 km, 5h30min drive)
(domestic flights Sofia-Varna available, 50min flight)

Conference shuttle buses are to be available from some locations.



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