Welcome to the
IEEE MTT-Sat Challenge

The MTT-Sat Challenge is a worldwide competition for teams of undergraduate and graduate students to design and build radio frequency (RF) and microwave hardware for small satellites.
The most promising designs will undergo space environmental qualification testing and will be incorporated in a cubesat, which will be launched into orbit (in case MTT-S secures enough funding and a participation in cubesat projects).
The MTT-Sat Challenge is an innovative and academically challenging initiative to advance space education, inspire students to pursue science and engineering educations and careers, and prepare tomorrow's leaders with the interdisciplinary teamwork skills, which are necessary for success. The MTT-Sat Challenge is managed by the IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S), a federally-incorporated not-for-profit organization, with additional experts and advisors in the field.

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Your idea at the right place!

The MTT-Sat Challenge collects ideas from students and puts them under review by a scientific board. Promising ideas will be promoted by IEEE MTT-S and supported with funding.

Fields of interest

Possible ideas might come from one of the following fields

  • Transceiver based on commercial of the shelf (COTS) components
  • Antenna systems for cubesats
  • Ground terminals for low earth orbit (LEO) satellites
  • Radiation-hardened electronics based on COTS components
  • Electromagnetic (EM) sensors for cubesats
  • Novel RF technologies for space applications
or other RF and microwave frequency related topics. For getting involved, you do not need to have approved space hardware; a good and scientific profound idea is sufficient.

Phases

The MTT-Sat Challenge is divided into several phases spanning over all technology readiness levels (TRLs).

  • Call for Ideas (TRL 1-2)
  • Call for Concepts (TRL 2-3)
  • Call for Demonstrators (TRL 4-5)
  • Call for Flight Hardware (TRL 6)
  • Call for Launch (TRL 7)
A good overview on TRLs can be found at Wikipedia. The planned schedule for this challenge is shown below. The program is intended to run over four academic years, starting in June 2019. You can enter the MTT-Sat Challenge at every single phase, just submit your proposal by the deadline.

Your team

The MTT-Sat Challenge is open to teams comprised of students from one university or more universities. Individual team members must be degree-seeking students, i.e., enrolled full-time or part-time in a degree program at a university, in any faculty or department. Each team shall have a Faculty Coordinator, who is a legal faculty member of the university.

Getting involved

There is no fee to enter a team into the Challenge. Your team prepares a proposal according to the template published here. Please submit your proposal before the deadline to Microsoft Conference Management Toolkit (CMT). After submission, the review committee will judge on your ideas and select the most promising ideas from all submissions.

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Schedule

The planned schedule for this challenge is as follows:
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Getting Started

At this time, IEEE MTT-Sat Challenge is calling for your ideas. This first phase will end with the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. Please prepare a proposal based on the template provided below. Specific information on the Call for Ideas can also be found in the documents listed below. The deadline for submission is September, 1, 2019, 11 pm (Hawaii Standard Time, HST). Please upload your proposal via Microsoft CMT. The review of the first phase is scheduled for September 2019. You will be notified by October, if your proposal is accepted. Follow-up proposals for the Call of Concepts are due in May, 2020. You will find more information on the Call for Concepts here as soon as we open up the call.
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DOWNLOAD Proposal Template (docx)
DOWNLOAD Proposal Template (pdf)

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Sponsors

IEEE MTT-S

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) is a transnational society with more than 10,500 members and 190 chapters worldwide. Our society promotes the advancement of microwave theory and its applications, including RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz technologies.

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To become a sponsor, please contact the organizing committee (see contact below).

Patrons

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Prof. Dr. Schilling had in space industry responsibility in Earth observation and interplanetary satellites, before he has been appointed professor and chair for Robotics and Telematics at University Würzburg. He is the president of the research company Center for Telematics (ZfT). His team built the first German pico-satellite UWE-1, launched 2005 to optimize Internet in space.

Klaus Schilling Professor, University Würzburg
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For all questions concerning the MTT-Sat Challenge, plase contact the organizing committee (see contact below).

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