The 6th Mission Idea Contest

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We regret to announce that the 7th Mission Idea Contest for Deep Space Science and Exploration with Nano/Micro Satellite was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. New date and venue will be announced later.

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.

The 7th Mission Idea Contest for Deep Space Science and Exploration with Nano/Micro Satellite in cooperation with Kimotsuki-town office will be held as follows:


Feb 28, 2020First announcement
July 12, 2020MIC seminar at the 8th UNISEC-Global Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey
August 20, 2020Deadline of Abstract submission
September 18, 2020Notification of Finalists
November 4, 2020Deadline of Final Paper submission
November 22, 2020Final presentation in Kimotsuki-cho, Kagoshima, Japan


Please propose an innovative mission idea which contributes to deep space science and exploration.



  1. Deep Space Communications and Navigation Series, Jon Hamkins, Editor-in-Chief, JPL
  2. Deep Space Telecommunications Systems Engineering, Joseph H. Yuen, Editor, JPL
  3. Deep Space Communications, Jim Taylor, Editor, JPL
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