The 6th Mission Idea Contest

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December 5, 2013
The Pre-MIC3 workshop presentations are available online!
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Nov 23, 2013
PreMIC3 was successfully held on Nov. 23, 2013. The best propsal award was given to the team of "Utilizing Nano Satellites for water monitoring for Nile River" presented by Ashraf Nabil Rashwan, Cairo University, Egypt and Ayumu Tokaji, University of Tokyo, Japan.

Nov 1, 2013
New regional co-coordinator: Dr. Alsultan, at International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Oct 23, 2013
See the criteria for
Best Proposal Award

Oct 1, 2013
User-Developer Matching Results
Please welcome the five user & developer teams!
The selected five teams will work together and make presentation on November 23 during the 1st UNISEC Global Meeting.
[Matching Results]
[UNISEC Global]

Sep 24, 2013
New regional co-coordinator: Professor Santoni, University of Rome la Sapienza, Italy

Sep 7, 2013
We are pleased to share a wonderful news from Bulgaria. The small satellite mission described in Bulgaria's MIC2 semi-finalist paper won the Bulgarian government grant for the implementation.
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Aug 23, 2013
New regional co-coordinator: Professor Jeung, Seoul National Univ., Korea

Aug 20, 2013
See the list of the User Needs

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Review Team | Regional Coordinators

Pictures from the Pre-MIC3 Workshop

  • Pre-Mic3

    The Pre-3rd Mission Idea Contest Workshop was successfully held on November23, 2013.

  • Pre-Mic3 Best Proposal Award

    The Best Proposal Award was given from Prof. Steyn (Chairperson, left) to the team of "Utilizing Nano Satellites for water monitoring for Nile River" presented by Ashraf Nabil Rashwan (middle, Cairo Univ, Egupt) & Ayumu Tokaji (right, Univ of Tokyo, Japan)

  • Chairman Prof. Steyn

    Pre-MIC3 Chair Professor Steyn at the workshop

  • Brazil and Italy Team

    6S Initiative (Satellites - Schools - Science - Simple - Space – Students)
    by Joao Dallamuta (left), Dallamuta Consultoria, Brazil and Marcello Valdatta, University of Bologna, Italy

  • Brazil and Italy Team_

    6S Initiative (Satellites - Schools - Science - Simple - Space – Students)
    by the team of Dallamuta Consultoria (Brazil) and University of Bologna (Italy)

  • Prof. Kawahara and Mr. Terryl

    Terryl (University of Victoria, Canada) shakes hands with Professor Kawahara

  • Kristof

    Kristof Ostir (Space-SI, Slovenia) presents at the Pre-MIC3 workshop, Nov 23, 2013, Tokyo, Japan

  • Prof. Nakasuka and Carlos

    Carlos del Burgo (Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, Mexico, right) shakes hands with Prof. Nakasuka

  • PreMIC3 presenters

    Pre-MIC3 presenters on the podium

  • Sir Sweeting and Kristof Ostir

    Prof. Sir Martin Sweeting (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., Surrey Space Centre) and Kristof Ostir (right)

  • Terryl

    Terryl Brennan (University of Victoria, Canada) presents at the Pre-MIC3 workshop, Nov 23, 2013, Tokyo, Japan

  • Terryl and Sean

    Microgravity Experiment Recovery Satellite (MERS):
    The satellite developer Sean Tuttle (The University of New South Wales at Canberra, Australia) presents with Terryl Brennan (University of Victoria, Canada)

  • Audience

    Audience at the Pre-MIC3 Workshop, Tokyo, Japan

  • Terryl and Sean

    Utilizing Nano Satellites for water monitoring for Nile River:
    Ahraf Nabil Rashwan (Cairo University, Egypt) presents at the Pre-MIC3 Workshop with the developer Ayumu Tokaji (Univ. of Tokyo, left).

  • Canada and Australia

    The "Microgravity Experiment Recovery Satellite (MERS)" team from Canada and Australia at the podium

  • Carlos

    "PHASES: ultra-precise absolute flux spectroscopy of stars from space" by Carlos del Burgo (Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, Mexico)

  • Carlos

    The Brazil and Italy team presenting "6S Initiative (Satellites - Schools - Science - Simple - Space – Students)"

  • Carlos

    The satellite users and developers at the podium

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.

Prior to the 3rd contest, the Pre-3rd Mission Idea Contest will be held in Japan in November 2013 as a match-making event for potential satellite users and developers.

Reasons for participation

  • Successful applicants will be invited to present in Tokyo at the 1st UNISEC Global Meeting which will be held in Nov.23-24. They also will be invited to the 5th Nano-satellite symposium if wish. (with full or partial travel funding support)
  • User applicants can find satellite developers who can engineer their idea with micro/nano satellites.
  • Developer applicants can help others with their technical skills and knowledge.
  • High visibility for your ideas and the potential for future collaboration and support.

Evaluation Criteria for Best Proposal Award

  1. Evaluation criteria
    Mission uniqueness (presented by users)20
    Impact to global society (presented by users)20
    Technical feasibility (presented by developers)30
    Technical risks (presented by developers)10
    Collaborative efforts (evaluated by reviewers)20
  2. Expected depth in technical presentation
    Participants are not required to present detail satellite design, but technical feasibility should be presented as well as technical risks.
    Hence, the developers do not have to concentrate on a detailed technical solution, but rather concentrate on the technical challenges and how they plan to approach and solve them.

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