Category 1: Mission Idea and Satellite Design Category 1 Application Template Eligibility:
Any individual, group, or company with space systems expertise and enthusiasm for micro/nano-satellites.Requirements:Exploitation of nano-satellites, e.g., free-flying satellites typically <50 kg (both constellation and non-constellation mission ideas will be welcome.) Reasonable, coherent story planning that answers the following questions are required:

  • Who will invest/sponsor your mission?
  • Which launch vehicle will you use?
  • Who is going to do ground operation and where?

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

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)

Category 2: Mission Idea and Business Model
Category 2 Application Template


Any individual, group, or company with business expertise and enthusiasm for micro/nano-satellites.


Proposal of business plan using micro/nano-satellite technology, e.g., free-flying satellites typically <50 kg (both constellation and non-constellation mission ideas will be welcome.)

We will provide various “cost vs. performance” model for each segment such as satellite bus, mission components (e.g., Earth observing camera or communication system), launch, and ground operation. We will also provide several mission ideas including Earth observation by visible sensors, launching something into space, launching into space and recovering at the ground of some payloads, data collection from ground sensors by satellites, etc. Any number of satellites and ground stations is possible, but you should think up a certain business plan which can get some profits considering the cost required for satellite, launch, ground operation and data analysis. The firmness of business plan, feasibility and effects on the society will be evaluated.

Evaluation Criteria:  

  • Impact on society and environment (40)
  • Business model structure (5W2H: who, to whom, what, when, where, how, how much) (15).You are encouraged to contact potential investors (“who”) such as private companies and government agencies as well as potential users (“to whom”) to develop your ideas
  • Business feasibility (15)
  • Logistical feasibility based upon the cost model provided by the organizer (15)
  • Risk Analysis (15)

NOTE: In building your own cost model, you must specify design parameters as to the system configuration (the number of satellites, ground stations, and so on). You should find the following references to be helpful in order to estimate the costs involved with your mission.

Cost Estimation Tips (31 KB)
Cost Model Guidance Book (724KB)
Cost Model (63 KB)

For more information read the website of the contest.