The 3rd Mission Idea Contest

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April 15, 2014
Regional seminar in Saudi Arabia on April 21, 2014
at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).
Contact: Mohammed Khalil Ibrahim

April 2, 2014
Download Introduction to 3rd Mission Idea Contest (MIC3) for micro/nano satellite utilization
720 KB, Intro to MIC3

March 24, 2014
Regional seminar in Ghana on April 8, 2014
All Nations University College, Main Campus
Contact: Manfred Quarshie

March 15, 2014
Regional seminar in Monastir, Tunisia on March 28, 2014
During the 2nd Maghreb International Courses in Spatial Technology
Contact: Kamel Besbes

March 15, 2014
Regional seminar at Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan on April 4 (Fri), 2014
Contact: John Polansky
MIC3 seminar

March 7, 2014
Please welcome a new regional co-coordinator in Japan: John Polansky, Kyushu Institute of Technology

February 15, 2014
Please welcome a new regional coordinator in Belgium: Ertan Umit, Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

February 14, 2014
Call for Paper: The 2nd UNISEC Global Meeting including the 3rd Mission Idea Contest

January 10, 2014
Please welcome a new regional coordinator in Switzerland: Cem O. Asma

December 5, 2013
The Pre-MIC3 workshop presentations are available online!
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Review Team | Regional Coordinators

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.

Any individual, group, or company with space systems expertise and enthusiasm for micro/nano-satellites.

Important Dates

February 14, 2014 Call for Paper
June 27, 2014 Abstract Due
(Online system for abstract submission will be set up later.)
Downlaod the abstract template
September 1, 2014Notification of Acceptance
October 15, 2014Final Paper Due
November 19, 2014Final presentation

Reasons for participation
1) Good training to build capacity
2) Find meaningful mission ideas
3) Great opportunity to make a difference using using micro/nano satellites that are affordable and technically feasible
4) High visibility of your ideas to the experts and the world- potentials for future collaboration and support

Exploitation of nano-satellite(s) (<50 kg)
Technical feasibility and financial feasibility (e.g. rough cost analysis) should be discussed.
Follow the abstract template.

Evaluation Criteria

Feasibility (50 points) Originality (50 points)
Technical (20 points)
Programmatic (cost estimate, development schedule, infrastructure requirements) (15 points)
Operational (description of ground segment and communications architecture, e.g., planned use of existing infrastructure) (15 points)
Novel mission concept not yet realized or proposed*, or a new implementation of an existing capability or service (25 points) 
Impact on society (25 points)
(Note: The missions presented by the participants of PreMIC3 will be evaluated as of Nov. 2013 unless they would undergo drastic change.)

Financial Support
We have been seeking funding resources to support travel fees for selected finalists. In the case that we will not be able to find sufficient funding and that a finalist cannot afford to coming to the venue (Kitakyushu, Japan), we would consider video presentation and online Q&A session.

Regional Seminars for the Details
Our Regional Coordinators will organize regional seminars to facilitate your participation from all over the world. Stay tuned for regional seminars.

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