The pre-4th Mission Idea Contest

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

May 5, 2015
More resource providers were announced!
(Several organizations and individuals are still under consideration. They will be introduced as soon as we receive their confirmation.)

April 30, 2015
The resource providers were announced!

April 11, 2015
The deadline of application submission for Resource Provider has been postponed to the April 27th, 2015.
Application Template

March 31, 2015
The oral presenters (Mission Proposers) of the Pre-MIC4 Workshop was announced.

February 23, 2015
Due to several requests from prospective applicants, we would like to extend the deadline of Mission Proposer applications to March 10, 2015

February 12, 2015
Download the meeting brochure (3 MB)
UNISEC-Global Meeting 3

February 4, 2015
Learn more about the Resource Provider category

January 28, 2015
Online registration is open!

January 20, 2015
The overview of the Pre-4th Mission Idea Contest is released
preMIC4The Pre-4th Mission Idea Contest Workshop (Pre-MIC4)
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January 13, 2015
Before the 4th Mission Idea Contest (MIC4), the Pre-MIC4 Workshop will be held during the 3rd UNISEC-Global meeting in Tokyo in July 2015.
Call for paper- preMIC4Call for Paper
Pre-MIC4 Application
template for
- Mission Proposer
- Resource Provider

December 18, 2014
Please welcome our new regional coordinator: Bungo Shiotani at University of Florida, USA

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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.

Resource Providers

Name Affiliation Profile
Jack Yeh STEMN resource provider info
Dennis Elgaard &
Akira Yamamoto
GomSpace Aps resource provider info
Dr. Sean Tuttle The University of New South Wales Canberra resource provider info
Roland Coelho Tyvak NanoSatellite Systems Inc.
Marcello Valdatta NPC Spacemind resource provider info
Alex da Silva Curiel SSTL resource provider info
Mengu Cho Centre for Nanosatellite Testing, Kyushu Institute of Technology resource provider info
Steven Engelen Hyperion Technologies resource provider info
Shigeki Kuzuoka Satellite Business Network resource provider info
Julien Hennequin Innovative Solutions In Space B.V. resource provider info

Several organizations and individuals are under consideration. They will be introduced as soon as we receive their confirmation.

Oral Presenters of Pre-4th Mission Idea Contest Workshop
Mission Proposers

Alice Pellegrino
HORUS constellation - The celestial convoy
Nowadays small satellites are widely used for Earth Observation applications. CubeSat constellations can improve low-cost environmental monitoring well as track natural disasters with a resolution of few meters and daily revisit capability. more
Renting Satellite for Space Education Development
The constraints in satellite development have a lot of influence in developing countries and other non-space faring countries in the world. To increase the access to orbit educational space development and reduction of space debris, a rental satellite for education could provide access to space for many educational institutions with one satellite, one debris.
Dmytro Faizullin
Low-Cost Communication Network for Equatorial Remote Areas
Communication is very crucial for daily life. Networks enable us to communicate with each other, share world and regional news, and notify others about emergency situations. Wired and mobile communications are generally the fastest and easiest mechanisms for these purposes. However, these terrestrial communications have some limitations in terms of coverage.
Ertan Umit
QARMAN (Qubesat for Aerothermodynamic Research and Measurements on AblatioN) is a 3U CubeSat designed to collect scientific data during re-entry to Earth atmosphere. QARMAN is a Von Karman Institute (VKI) project, funded by the European Space Agency and developed in cooperation with the University of Liege: it will be launched in 2016 within the QB50 framework.
João Dallamuta
Newton Small Space Telescope

Space telescopes are powerful tools for astronomical research, however its cost and complexity restricting its use only for a few space agencies.
Mohammed Abdullah Daanaa
Nanosat Constellation for water monitoring system
There are millions of people around the world living in communities near water bodies which serve as a source of generating income, nourishment and lively hood. Yet these communities are prone to dangers such as flooding and drought, a few of such communities include those along the Volta basin which extends from Ghana and to other parts countries shown in figure 1.

Poster Presenters of Pre-4th Mission Idea Contest Workshop
Mission Proposers

Samar ElDiary
Utilizing Nano Satellites for Early Prediction of Earth Surface Disturbances
Courtney Bright
VAPR: Venus Atmospheric Pathfinder Research Vehicle
Mahmoud El-Mohr
Landmines Mapping Satellite
Asmaa Saleh
Project of Nano-Satellite Constellation Providing Near Real-time Internet Coverage To Isolated Communities For Human life Promotion and Educational Purposes -Schools From The Sky
João Dallamuta
THOR - Lightning detection with CubeSats
Chafaa Hamrouni
Intelligent small satellite development for Olives Forest Fire Detection
Ahmed Abdelmaksoud
Generating solar energy using nano satellites based on smart grid and cloud computing
Kwasi Poku-Agyemang
Observational Nano Satellite System: To Detect Oil Spills


  • To create a favorable environment to facilitate domestic/international cooperation among individuals, industries, universities and governments for the use of micro/nano-satellite.

  • To increase the probability of realization of the mission by inviting resource providers who are expected to support/contribute to their mission ideas for possible realization. The resource providers can be companies, space agencies or other government sectors, and individual experts.

The Pre-MIC4 Workshop will provide a forum for MIC participants by inviting the resource providers to develop international cooperations or partnerships.


Important Dates

January 13, 2015Call for paper- preMIC4Call for Paper
March 3
March10, 2015
Application due (Mission Proposers)
April 10
April 27, 2015
Application due (Resource providers)
July 3, 2015Pre-MIC4 Workshop

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