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.


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
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


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

Introduction to MIC8



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