The pre-4th Mission Idea Contest

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May 23, 2016
Please welcome Vladimir Saetchnikov (Belarusian State University, Belarus)

March 28, 2016
The abstract submission deadline was postponed by one week. The new deadline is April 11. (Japanese Standard Time)

March 20, 2016
Please welcome Sean Tuttle (University of New South Wales, Australia)

March 4, 2016
Please welcome our new regional coordinator
Le Xuan Huy (Vietnam National Satellite Center)

February 6, 2016
Overview of the 4th Mission Idea Contest was updated

January 31, 2016
Please welcome our new regional coordinator
Naoufal Raissouni (University of Abdelmalek Essaadi, Morocco)

December 13, 2015
Please welcome our new regional coordinator
Isai Fajardo Tapia (Mexican Space Agency)

November 23, 2015
Please welcome our new regional coordinator
Marco Gómez (Costa Rican Institute of Technology)
and new co-cordinator Ivandro Rodrigues (Angolan Methodist University)

September 28, 2015
Please welcome our new regional coordinator
Jim Hefkey (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

July 15, 2015
The 4th Mission Idea Contest will be held on 17-23 October 2016 at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.

July 10, 2015
The Pre-4th MIC Workshop has been successfully completed.

Ertan Umit (von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium) won the Best Proposal Award.

June 15, 2015
The profiles of the resource providers are now available.

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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 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.

More about the 4th Mission Idea Contest


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


Any individual, group or company with suitable space systems expertise and an enthusiasm for nano-satellites

One Category

Mission Idea and Satellite Design

Target Satellite(s)

satellite(s) weighing less than 50 kg

Evaluation Criteria

Originality (50 points)
  • Novel mission concept not yet realized or proposed, or a new implementation of an existing capability or service (25)
  • Impact on society (25)
Feasibility (50 points)
  • Technical (20)
  • Programmatic (cost estimate, development schedule, infrastructure requirements) (15)
  • Operational (description of ground segment and communications architecture, e.g., planned use of existing infrastructure) (15)

Reasons for participation

  • Finalists will make a final presentation on Oct 21, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Awards (TBC)
    • 1st place and 2nd place
    • Student Prize
    • Best poster award
  • Selected papers will be published.
  • High visibility for your ideas and the potential for future collaboration and support

Important Dates

October 5, 2015Call for Paper
April 11, 2016Abstract Due
Jun 30, 2016Notification of Acceptance
September 1, 2016Full Paper Submission Due
October 21, 2016Final presentation

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7th Nano-Satellite Symposium at
Suleyman Demirel Cultural Center (SDCC)
Istanbul Technical University Ayazaga Campus Istanbul Turkey

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