The 8th Mission Idea Contest

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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 the door to a new facet of space exploration and exploitation.

The development of micro/nano-satellites started as an educational and research program primarily at university laboratories. As micro/nano-satellite technology matures, it has spread rapidly across academics and industry for practical application. In the MIC8, we encourage contestants to propose how to maximize the capability and function of multiple nano-satellites for the benefit of humanity.


1st Place

MOTHS (Moon Observation Through Hyperspectral Satellites): 6U Lunar CubeSat constellation for the observation and analysis of Transient Lunar Phenomena

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Michela Boscia, Alessia Di Giacomo and Carolina Ghini, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

2nd Place

LEO Backup Earth Navigation System (LEO-BEaNS): a phased-array Ka-band CubeSat constellation PNT solution with the goal of increased reliability

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Tian Cilliers, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Student Prize

Monitoring the GHGs on the terrains of the Continental Collision plates and warning system of GLOFs over the Hindu Kush Himalayan range

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Bhawana Pokharel, Bibek Yonzan and Simonkrith Lamichhane, Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

IAA Award

CubeSat-Constellation-Based Global Early Warning Tsunami Forecasting

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Masashi Kamogawa, University of Shizuoka, Japan


ERFM: Europa Reconnaissance Formation Mission
Abstract (1.21MB)
Presentation (3.97MB)
Praneel Sharma, Aditya Raj Bhatia, Dhanush Mamillapally, Sahil Hinge, Yash Verma SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India
MOTHS (Moon Observation Through Hyperspectral Satellites): 6U Lunar CubeSat constellation for the observation and analysis of Transient Lunar Phenomena
Abstract (1.11MB)
Presentation (1.69MB)
Michela Boscia, Valentina Abagnale, Gabriele Agresti, Carlotta Amicone, Eleonora Casuscelli, Lorenzo Chiavari, Chiara De Maria, Alessia Di Giacomo, Angelo Fabbrizi, Chiara Falcone, Maria Carla Fiorella, Carolina Ghini, Sidhant Kumar, Gaia Lorenzi, Lorenzo Mazzetti, Linda Misercola, Alessandro Moretti, Asia Nicolai, Alessandro Piro, Angela Raffaele, Leonardo Scardella Sapienza University of Rome Italy
Monitoring greenhouse gases of the Continental Collision plates & glacial lakes outburst flood over the Hindu Kush Himalayan range
Abstract (2.34MB)
Presentation (2.37MB)
Bhawana Pokharel, Bibek Yonzan, Simonkrith Lamichhane, Sudip Bhattarai IOE Pulchowk Campus, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Nepal
Lunaris: Unveiling the Unknown ( 3D Moon Analysis and Topography Assessment )
Abstract (466KB)
Presentation (1.35MB)
Turcu David Emanuel, Palade Mihail-Remus, Dinu Robert-Andrei, Dobre Maria-Alexandra, Buraga Andreea-Elena Politehnica University of Bucharest Romania
Satellite constellation to relay GPS signals to Earth with the goal of increasing location accuracy and promote the development of autonomous vehicles
Abstract (559KB)
Presentation (1.38MB)
Dirk Slabber, Dr Arno Barnard, Dr Willem Jordaan, Tian Cilliers, Mikayla Isebeck, Phillip Lotriet Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Using constellations of nanosatellites to identify coral reef-cultivable areas on the seafloor.
Abstract (705KB)
Presentation (3.72MB)
M A Moontasir Abtahee, Md Sadi Mobassir, Maisha Jarin, Abdulla Hil Kafi, Raihana Shams Islam Antara BRAC University and Islamic University of Technology Bangladesh
CROSSEYE : a CubeSat constellation for plastic litter detection in open sea by combining electroelectro-optical and synthetic aperture radar acquisitions
Abstract (661KB)
Presentation (1.15MB)
Raffaele Minichini, M. Salvato, F. Pelliccia, S. Barone, S. D. dell'Aquila, V. Esposito, M. Madonna, A. Mazzeo, I. Salerno, A. Verde, M . Grasso, A. Gigantino, A. Renga Universit? degli Studi di Napoli Federico II Italy
CubeSat Constellation Based Global Early Warning Tsunami Forecasting
Abstract (336KB)
Presentation (2.18MB)
Kosuke Kanda, Masahiko Yamazaki, Tomoyuki Iida, Reiji Kobayashi, Kyogo Otani, Makoto Motoyama, Ryusuke Iwata, Kentaro Nakaizumi, Masashi Kamogawa Nihon University, Japan, University of Shizuoka Japan
CUBESAI: CubeSat-based Sensing and AI for Disease Prediction
Abstract (1.17MB)
Presentation (2.66MB)
Alper Guvercin, Ipek Olmez, Yunus Emre Ozdemir, Duru Ceren Cirit Middle East Technical University Turkey
SALVS 01 Specify Animals Location Via Sound
Abstract (537KB)
Presentation (4.95MB)
Chayapat Songpipat, Nuttiruj Sridusitluk, Lomfon Tunlaya Anukit, Pongsapat Porames Aimlaong, Chirath Suetrong, Tirawat Pintusopon, Settasit Settagaroon, Kittiphop Phanthachart UNISEC-THAILAND Thailand
Sargassum One: A 3U CubeSat Constellation Mission for Sargassum Monitoring
Abstract (1.03MB)
Presentation (1.49MB)
Marian Duval, Darien Rosario, Daniel Taveras, Fausto Rodriguez, Johan Dominguez, Luis Lara, Martirez Cuevas, professors Gorki Encarnación, Porfirio Sanchez Universidad Acción Pro-Educación y Cultura (UNAPEC) Dominican Republic
PARIDHI - 6U Nanosatellite constellation mission for observation and study of the Van Allen Belt
Abstract (540KB)
Presentation (3.31MB)
Ashish Shinde, Raahil Rana, Divyam Gupta, Rahul Shukla, Karan Gupta, Anil K. Sahoo, Bharat Prajwal B R Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology India


Missions by multiple nano-satellites


The mission is carried out by multiple satellites made of 6U CubeSat or smaller each. The number of satellites can be anything as long as it is bigger than one, and the mission has clear benefits of having multiple satellites in orbit simultaneously. Constellation (with no inter-satellite link) missions and formation missions (with an inter-satellite link) are both encouraged.

Important Dates

Application due:June 30, 2023 9:00AM (JST) July 10, 2023
Notification:August 8, 2023
Full Paper Submission:October 3, 2023
Final Presentation:November 29, 2023

Abstract Template

Constellation mission Word / PDF
Formation mission Word / PDF

Full Paper Template

Constellation mission Word / PDF
Formation mission Word / PDF


  • 1st Place, 2nd Place
  • IAA Award
  • Student Prize

Introduction to MIC8



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