The 6th Mission Idea Contest

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Frequently Asked Question

Q: Does the cis-lunar orbit or another moon orbit qualify as deep space for the competition?
A: Yes, you can propose the moon orbit mission, too.
Q: Where will the final presentation take place?
A: The final presentation and conference will either be in-person or online, dependent on COVID19 restrictions.
  • We prefer to host an in-person conference in November such that participants can receive more detailed feedback and networking.
  • The decision will be made closer to the competition date.
Q: What prizes are available for the winners?
A: Awards are granted for first and second place, as well as an IAA award consisting of a certificate. A student prize may be available subject to availability via MIC7 sponsors.
  • We encourage participants and award winners alike to detail their participation in the MIC7 on their resume.
  • Award winners will be announced during the final presentation at the UNISEC-Global Meeting.
  • More details will be provided soon.
Q: When can I start mission development?
A: You can begin working on your mission idea now.
  • We recommend you begin as soon as possible.
  • We encourage attending the online lectures if possible as it will increase your understanding of developing a deep space mission.
Q: Where can I view online lectures?
A: Recordings of all lectures are available for viewing at any time on the website.
(Available here).
  • Attending the lectures is not mandatory, however, doing so enables you to engage in the content and ask questions to experts.
Q: Is there any support available if I require assistance?
A: For technical questions you can contact your regional MIC Coordinator
(link to MIC coordinator - Available soon).
  • For questions relating to submissions or guidelines please contact the MIC Office: info(at)
Q: Are there constraints about the number of teammates?
A: There are no constraints to the number of teammates you may have.
Q: Do all contestants have to be students?
A: No. The competition is open to all, students and professionals alike. We recommend academics form a team with students.
Q: Is there any restriction on age or education level to participate?
A: No. The competition is open to all persons who have a passion for space, however some of the knowledge needed may be challenging for younger participants.
Q: What is the maximum number of teams that can submit in each country/region?
A: There is no limitation.
Q: Can participants who do not win the Mission Idea Contest national competition submit an abstract to MIC7?
A: Yes, but if the level is not high enough, you may not progress to the second stage.
Q: What is the prize for the winner of the MIC7?
A: At this moment, the prizes are certificates and introductions on the MIC7 web page. We are discussing prizes with several sponsors and it will be announced on the website if there are any changes.

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