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

PreMIC8 application due:July 25, 2022
PreMIC8 notification: August 31, 2022
PreMIC8 Workshop: October 19, 2022 (in Istanbul, Turkey)
MIC8 application due: February 2, 2023
MIC8 notification: March 15. 2023
MIC8 full paper submission: May 10, 2023
MIC8 final presentation: June, 2023, Japan (TBC)

Abstract Template

Constellation mission Word / PDF
Formation mission Word / PDF

How to Apply for PreMIC8

Before the 8th contest in 2023, the Preliminary Workshop for the 8th Mission Idea Contest will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 19, 2022, during the 8th UNISEC-Global Meeting. Selected participants will have an opportunity to get technical advice from the experts to develop and polish their ideas for the MIC8.
Participants are not required to present detailed satellite designs but rather concentrate on the technical challenges and how they plan to approach and solve them.

Please send your abstract to info[at] by no later than July 25, 2022.
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