MIC 2014

The 2nd UNISEC Global meeting and 3rd Mission Idea Contest will be held on Nov. 19, 2014.

The Mission Idea Contest flyer

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.)

September 1, 2014             Notification of Acceptance

October 15, 2014               Final Paper Due

November 19, 2014           Final presentation


Exploitation of nano-satellite(s) (<50 kg)

Technical feasibility and financial feasibility (e.g. rough cost analysis) should be discussed.

Follow abstract template that can be downloaded here.

Evaluation Criteria

Originality (50 points)

Novel mission concept not yet realized or proposed, or a new implementation of an existing capability or service (25 points)

(Note: The missions presented by the participants of PreMIC3 will be evaluated as of Nov. 2013 unless they would undergo drastic change.) Impact on society (25 points)

Feasibility (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)

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.