The 5th Mission Idea Contest

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April 11, 2018
Online registration for 5th Mission Idea Contest is open!

February 17, 2018
The 5th Mission Idea Contest is coming!
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December 4, 2017
Team USA and Team Italy won the 1st and 2nd Places, respectively. Congratulations!

October 19, 2017
The winners of the local competitions were announced. Good luck in the final presentation in Rome!

February 22, 2017
We are pleased to announce that PreMIC5 workshop will be held in Rome, Italy during 5th UNISEC-Global Meeting scheduled in Dec 2-4, 2017. The winners of local competitions will get together in the workshop.


Review Team | Regional Coordinators

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.

Finalists of the 5th Mission Idea Contest (Oral Presenters)

Smallsat Ionosphere Exploration at Several Times and Altitudes William Evonosky, Duann Yi, Kandi Anand Kaustubh University of Colorado Boulder, National Central University, IIST USA, Taiwan, India
Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Satellite (ASAL-SAT): A LoRa ground sensor network for easing life in Sub-Saharan Africa ASAL areas Kiruki Cosmas Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan
3U Cubesat to monitor Red Tide Blooming in Central America Mariela Rojas Quesada Universidad de Costa Rica Costa Rica
Mining Surveillance Application Using a CubeSat Constellation Ashley Naudé Stellenbosch University South Africa
Development of Microsatellite in Monitoring Initial Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) Aik Kwan Tan University Sains Malaysia (USM) Malaysia
HERON - An Open Source Microbiology Experiment Platform in Low Earth Orbit Ali Haydaroglu University of Toronto Canada
HEMERA-Constellation of passive SAR-based micro-satellites for a Master/Slave configuration Andrea Bellome University of Rome -La Sapienza Italy

Semi-Finalist (Poster Presenters)

In-Situ Measurement of Material Degradation in Space James Xie Queen's Space Engineering Team Canada
In-Orbit Assembly of Cube Satellites with Novel Docking Techniques Samuel Low and Parekh Shalv Amit SINGAPORE SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION Singapore
South American Seismic Sensing Constellation Sánchez Olivera Francisco Javier, Benítez Vargas Osvaldo, López Sánchez Sebastián, Ramírez Alcántara Moisés Instituto Politecnico Nacional Mexico
Nile River Quality Monitoring Mariz Dief Zewail city for science and technology Egypt
Satellite laser tracking system for aquatic organisms Yuki Kakushi Kindai University Japan

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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


Please propose innovative mission idea to satisfy any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals with 1 or more satellite(s) (satellite mass should be 50kg or less.)

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 be given an opportunity to make a final presentation in front of international reviewers on November 19, 2018 (during 6th UNISEC-Global Meeting).
  • Award
  • Selected papers will be published.
  • High visibility for your ideas and the potential for future collaboration and support


International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will award the IAA Award

Sponsor for Student Prize:

GeFaN (Gesellschaft zur Förderung des akademischen Nachwuchses)

Important Dates

Call for paperFeb 16, 2018
Abstract dueMay 17, 2018
NotificationJuly 3, 2018
Final paper dueSept 10, 2018
Final presentationNovember 19, 2018 during 6th UNISEC-Global Meeting


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