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Small Satellite Mission of the Year Nominations

  • 1.  Small Satellite Mission of the Year Nominations

    Posted 5 days ago
    Edited by Giovanni Minelli 5 days ago

    Dear Colleagues,

    Please take a moment to nominate your favorite mission for the SmallSat 2021 Mission of the Year Award!

    The AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee invites nominations for candidates for this year's sixth annual SmallSat Mission of the Year Award. The deadline to nominate and "second" nominations is Friday, July 30th 2021.

    How to nominate: You can email directly with your nomination (Mission name and a brief 1 paragraph description), or if you would like to submit recommendations anonymously or second a current nomination, please use: Nominees so far include ANDESITE, TechEdSat-10, DeMi, Capella (2, 3, 4, and 6 combined), ICEYE (X6, X7, X8, X9, and X10 combined), Lynk 04, and OSM 1 CICERO. Add your mission to the list!

    The following databases may be useful:




    Award Description: The Small Satellite Mission of the Year Award is presented annually to the mission that has demonstrated a significant improvement in the capability of small satellites. Eligible missions must have individual satellite wet mass of less than 150 kg, and must have launched, established communication, and have acquired results from on-orbit after January 1, 2020 00:00:00 UTC. To demonstrate "significant improvement," nominations must show innovation in: spacecraft structural design, scientific instrument development, communications capability, attitude determination and control capability, intersatellite coordination, constellation or cluster management, onboard computing, or other mission aspects. The judges may consider missions with earlier launch dates that had delayed ISS deployments or extensive on-orbit checkout periods, on a case-by-case basis.

    Award Logistics: The AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee will use your nominations to generate a short list of finalists. The finalists will be notified and their mission descriptions will be on the voting page that will be live at the opening of The Small Satellite Conference. The SmallSat Mission of the Year organizers will send an e-mail to conference attendees after the Pre-Conference Workshop with a link to the final voting webpage, asking the community to vote and rank the finalists. Voting is open to the public and not limited to Conference attendees and will close at 11:59 pm on Wednesday August 11th. The Small Satellite Technical Committee selects the winner, informed by the public vote.  The winner will be announced at SmallSat on Thursday August 12th.

    Your nominations will help us to capture the exciting innovations and achievements of the Small Satellite community. They will help to communicate the cutting-edge efforts of recent and ongoing missions and lead to interesting discussions that will educate both the experts and the newcomers to the community.

    Thank you!

    The AIAA SmSTC awards committee