MIC 2015

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.

ATTENTION: Before the 4th Mission Idea Contest (MIC-4), the Pre-MIC4 Workshop will be held during the 3rd UNISEC-Global meeting and be organized to see how a new category (see the Purpose below) will work for proposed mission ideas. Different from the previous Pre MIC-3 which categorized the applicants into the satellite developers and users, prospective applicants of this time will be expected to propose their ideas in a more realistic way through possible cooperation or partnership with a new category of resource providers. Any results or achievements reached at the Workshop will be reflected at the MIC-4 for further advancement or enhancement. However, the Workshop is a forum for discussion and exchange of their views, not for coordination or match-making. The latter will be left to direct negotiations among interested parties. Selected speakers will have a chance to present their ideas regarding the potential
utilization of micro/nano-satellites. Guidelines for pre-proposal submissions are provided here.



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.