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The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and its Space University Administrative Committee (SUAC) in cooperation with the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) are pleased to announce the second Space Universities CubeSat Challenge (SUCC) for a Free Launch of a CubeSat aboard a Chinese launcher and deployment from Chinese Space Station!

After the success of its first edition, the IAF-CSA Space Universities CubeSat Challenge (SUCC) is renewed for a second edition!

With the theme "CubeSat, a platform for new technology verification and international cooperation" the IAF-CSA Space Universities CubeSat Challenge aims at:

  • fostering the innovative thinking of students around the world;
  • improving the ability of astronautics innovative scientific research, the ability to combine theory with practice, the ability to solve practical engineering problems;
  • contributing to the popularization of space knowledge and the support of innovative talents.
  • According to the arrangement of the competition, the related matters of the second SUCC are hereby notified as follows:

    Name and Theme

      Name: The 2nd Space Universities CubeSat Challenge(SUCC 2)

      Theme: “CubeSat, a platform for new technology verification and international cooperation".


    • CubeSat Innovation Missions;
    • Conceptual CubeSat platform and component innovation system design;
    • Innovative CubeSat payloads and applications;
    • Other new concepts, new ideas and new viewpoints of CubeSat design and applications;
    • Artificial Intelligence and CubeSat Technology.


    • Visit the official IAF website on https://www.iafastro.org/activities/iaf-suac-cube-sat-competitions/ to download documents to submit the application.
    • Applications must be submitted to IAF at award@iafastro.org and secretary@iafsucc.org by 15 June 2023 (must be in English).
    • Application and registration are free of charge.

    • IAF-CSA SUCC 2 is open to all IAF Member Universities.
    • Participation and registration are free of charge.
    • Non-IAF Member Universities are strongly encouraged to apply for IAF Membership in order to be admitted participating in the competition to win a free launch. Universities who start the IAF Membership application process will qualify for the competition and will further be considered. Please refer to Become an IAF member to start the application process and learn more about the numerous benefits of becoming an IAF Member.

    Application Process

      The application shall contain:

    • information sheet.docx and work template.docx
    • Description of bidding organization and background experience with respect to CubeSats (if available);
    • Description of proposed CubeSat mission;
    • Description of available facilities (e.g. integration and test facilities, ground station);
    • Funding and readiness status;
    • For Non-IAF Member Universities, please send proof of IAF Membership application.



      International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

      Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA)


      Space University Administrative Committee of IAF (SUAC)

      Dalian University of Technology (DUT) (CSA)

      Beihang University (BUAA)

      China Academy of Space Technology (CAST)


    International Final:

  • The international grand prize is 3,000 Euros, first prize is 2,000 Euros, and second prize is 1,000 Euros.
  • The IAF will waive the registration fee for one student for each team in the final round to participate in International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2023;
  • The winning team will be granted a free piggyback launch opportunity aboard a Chinese launcher (According to the laws and regulations of China, all satellites launched from China must have active de-orbiting measures).
  • Review Committee

    Christian Feichtinger

    IAF Secretariat

    Executive Director of IAF

    Otto Koudelka

    Head of the Institute of Communications Network & Satellite Communications

    Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)

    Tanja Masson-Zwaan

    Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL)

    Leiden University

    Wang Xiaojun

    IAF Vice President for Societies and Museums

    President of China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT)

    Wang Yiran

    Secretary General of the Board

    Vice President and Secretary General of CSA

    Yu Xiaozhou

    Co-Chair of the Board

    Vice Chairman of SUAC

    Yu Dengyun

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

    Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Committee

    Yu Miao

    Director of International Cooperation Center of China Aerospace (ICCCA)

    Vice President and Secretary General of CSA



    Registration/Application Submission Deadline

    15 June 2023

    Applications must be submitted to IAF at award@iafastro.org and secretary@iafsucc.org by 15 June 2023 and shall include the filled in forms describing the team and project content:
    information sheet.docx and work template.docx.


    Work Submission Deadline

    30 July 2023

    Preliminary Review and Finals

    Domestic Preliminary Review Deadline--15 Aug 2023

    Domestic Finals--30 Aug 2023

    International Finals--15 Sept 2023


    Official announcement of winning team during the 74th International Astronautical Congress 2023

    During 74th IAC,2 October 2023——6 October 2023, in Baku.

    Launch Date

    To be jointed consulted and confirmed by organizers and related Chinese authorities.


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