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.


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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.

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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
    • 1st place and 2nd place
    • Student Prize
    • PDF fileIAA award
  • Selected papers will be published.
  • High visibility for your ideas and the potential for future collaboration and support

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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