The 2nd Mission Idea Contest

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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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July 9, 2013
PreMIC3 Application Forms for satellite users and developers are available.

July 4, 2013

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July 1, 2013
First annoucement of Pre-MIC3
Presentations of pre-proposals for the 3rd Mission Idea Contest (Pre-MIC3) will be held during the UNISEC-Global meeting. Selected speakers will be invited to present their ideas regarding the potential utilization of micro/nano-satellites.
[Guidelines for pre-proposal]

January 6, 2013
A Happy New Year!
The presentations of the MIC2 finalists are available online!

December 2, 2012
The IAA book series Novel Ideas for Nanosatellite Constellation Missions was published (based on the ideas of MIC 1 finalists).

November 5, 2012
The abstracts and final presentations by the finalists are available!

Oct 10, 2012
The 2nd Mission Idea Contest ended succesfully. The winners were announced. Congratulations! And thank you very much for your participation!

Oct 10, 2012
Opening remarks of the 2nd Mission Idea Contest Opening Remakrs

Oct 7, 2012
The presentations by the finalists will be broadcasted online on October 10, 2012 (Japan Standard Time).
Conference and presentation schedule
Sep 17, 2012
Tunisia seminarSeminar report from Tunisia
July 1, 2012
The finalists and semi-finalists have been announced. Congratulations and good luck in the full paper submission and final presentation!
June 11, 2012
The templates for full paper submissions are available.
Category 1
Category 2
Please submit in both MS Word and PDF formats.
June 11, 2012
Recipients of the Princeton Satellite Systems Sponsorship were announced.
May 23, 2012
MIC2 seminar report from Egypt mic2 seminar in egypt
May 11, 2012
The application period for the 2nd Mission Idea Contest has closed. Thank you for your applications! The finalists will be announced in July.

May 4, 2012
Teaching Science & Technology, Inc. will offer scholarship coupons to a total of 85 MIC2 applicants to enroll in their online Understanding Space course. The application deadline was extended to May 11. [more]

April 26, 2012
Due to numerous requests for an extension of the abstract deadline, the MIC office decided to extend the deadline to May 11, 2012. If you still have not done it, the MIC office invites you to submit your abstract for this event, which is one of the most important for micro-/nano-satellite community.

April 22, 2012
The 2nd regional seminar was held in Ghana on April 19. Coordinator: Manfred Quarshie
2nd seminar in Ghana
Report from Ghana 2Report
April 21, 2012
New regional co-coordinator in the Philippines: Rosario Ang, the University of the Philippines.
April 20, 2012
The United Nations/Japan Nano-Satellite Symposium will be held in Nagoya, Japan on October 10-13.
The MIC2 final presentation is scheduled on the first day of the symposium.
nano-satellite symposium
April 19, 2012
Step-by-step manual Application Manual for the application wizard is available. Special thanks to Prof. Ibrahim.
April 19, 2012
New regional coordinator: Dr. Ariel C. Blanco (the University of the Philippines).

April 15, 2012
Regional seminar was held in Tunisia on April 10-11. Coordinator: Prof. Besbes

April 12, 2012
Regional seminar in Venezuela on April 17. Coordinator: Andres Arenas

April 11, 2012
A local mission idea contest will be held in Brazil!
[Detail in Portuguese]

April 2, 2012
Regional seminar in Namibia on April 4. Coordinator: Smita Francis
report from ghanaReport

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Review Team | Regional Coordinators | Reference

Introduction to the Mission Idea Contest

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The Mission Idea Contest (MIC) was established last year 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.

Group Pictures after the final presentations

The 2nd Mission Idea Contest (MIC2), organized by UNISEC, called for ideas in two categories:

Category 2: Mission Idea and Business Model

Attend regional seminars or contact the coordinator of your region for more details.

Pictures from Final Presentations and Regional Seminars


Encourage innovative exploitation of micro/nano-satellites to provide useful capabilities, services or data.

Overview of Mission Idea Contest
Rei Kawashima
overview of MIC2

Reasons for participation

  • Finalists will be invited to present in Japan at the 4th Nano-satellite symposium
    (Nagoya, Japan on October 10-13, 2012)
  • Awards (TBD)
  • Best papers will be published in a peer-reviewed journal (TBR)
  • High visibility for your ideas and the potential for future collaboration and support
IAA Award
Dr. Jean-Michel Contant
IAA award


Message to applicants
Sir Martin Sweeting
Sir Sweeting's advice on MIC2 applicants

Micro/nano satellite

The contest features micro/nano satellites that weigh less than 50 kg.
Example: Hodoyoshi-1
University of Tokyo
The NExt generation Space system Technology Research Association (NESTRA)
AXELSPACE Corporation


Organizer: University Space Engineering Consortium

2-3-2, Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0032, Japan
TEL/FAX: +81-3-5800-6645
Email: ( Replace _at_ with @ )

Sponsor: University of Tokyo  

Univ. of Tokyo


The Mission Idea Contest (MIC) is a part of the "HODOYOSHI Project"*, which is granted by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in the "Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (FIRST Program)," initiated by the Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) of Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. (JSPS Official site)

*The HODOYOSHI Project: The '"Establishment of new paradigm of space development and utilization with nano-satellites introducing Japanese-original "reasonably reliable systems engineering"'. (Core Researcher: Professor Shinichi Nakasuka, The University of Tokyo.)

Regional Coordinators:

Check the list of the regional coordinators who facilitate your participation to the competition.




United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs


International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)

Supporters for applicants:


Analytical Graphics, Inc.


Princeton Satellite Systems

TSTI Teaching Science & Technology, Inc.

Sponsor for Student Prize

Gesellschaft zur Förderung des akademischen Nachwuchses (GeFaN)

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