Call for names:
October 9-31, 2019

Announcement of results:
December of 2019 (date to be announced)

With tremendous support and coordination of the Macao S.A.R. Government, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao S.A.R. and the China National Space Administration, State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences, Macau University of Science and Technology and organizations from China and abroad joined forces to develop Macao’s First Satellite Project and its relevant scientific research.

Macao’s First Scientific Satellite is expected to have the manufacturing and testing work of the satellite completed by the end of 2019, and to have the satellite launched to the space in 2020.

For the purpose of enabling the general public to share the delight of Macao’s scientific development, and helping raise the communities’ awareness of Macao’s scientific endeavors, the project team is holding a “Naming Contest for Macao’s First Scientific Satellite Project”, offering members of the public opportunities to name Macao’s first scientific satellite.

The Macao’s First Scientific Satellite Project will launch the world’s first and only scientific exploration satellite so far placed in a near-equatorial orbit to monitor the geomagnetic field and space environment of the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA), which is near the equator. The project is expected to yield world-leading research outcomes and tremendous social benefits in basic and applied research areas such as thermoremanent magnetization of geological rocks, geodynamo, nuclear magnetic fluid dynamics, geomagnetic reversal, geological core-mantle interactions, geomagnetic evolution data integration forecast, and spacecraft space operation safety.

The Project is inspired to make contributions for the progress of human sciences, help foster Macao as an international center for future research on the mankind living environment, grow Macao to become an appealing platform that draws international high-end talents in basic sciences, and help materialize the science education and popularization work for Macao youths. It will help elevate Macao’s science and technology impact in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and construct model “bright spots” for substantial science and technology cooperation between Macao and the Mainland.

As a token of celebration for the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Macao Special Administrative Region, the Project not only demonstrates Macao’s efforts in seeking diverse development, but also affords great opportunities for Macao to integrate into the future endeavors of the significant national space exploration strategies. To celebrate the success of the Project, we hereby invite everyone in the community to participate in the event to contribute your creativity!


Prize Assessment and Promulgation
  1. Winners of the “1st prize”, “2nd prize”, and “3rd prize” will be assessed and selected by the Evaluation Committee of the contest.
  2. All legitimate participants have a chance to win a prize. The “participation prize” will be drawn randomly on a computer by the event organizer.
  3. Each participant is eligible to win and claim no more than one prize.
  4. The organizers will publicize the winners’ list on their websites or through relevant media channels.
  5. Winners should collect their prizes at designated time and place; prizes expire when the prize-collection time is due.
  6. In the event that a prize winner is under 18 years of age, he/she must have his/her legal guardian in company when claiming prizes.
*Remark: Participants of the “Science Trip of Witnessing Satellite Launching for Two” for winners of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes must satisfy the relevant requirements by the event organizers and the relevant satellite launch organizations.

Eligibility of participants

  1. All Macao residents, non-resident students studying in Macao, and non-resident workers working in Macao are eligible to take part in the event; each participant is eligible to participate once.
  2. Participants need to be over 6 years of age.

Participation methods

  1. Participants should submit the names via the official website of the event; each ID number is eligible to submit one name.
  2. Participants may provide a well-intended creative name, either in Chinese or English, for Macao’s First Scientific Satellite Project, along with a brief statement of no more than 150 words (including punctuations) to explain the meanings behind the name.
  3. Participants must provide necessary information on his/her own name, ID number, telephone number, email address, the proposed name for the Satellite Project, and a brief statement to explain the creativeness behind the name. Acceptable types of ID include Macao resident ID, Student Card of a Macao school, and Non-resident Worker’s Permit (Blue Card). The identification and contact information provided by the participants must be valid, as it will be used as the only recognized evidence upon claiming of prizes.

Notes for attention

  1. The name submitted by a participant must be an original creation of his/her own. Participants are liable to any consequences in relation to originality. The submitted name may not be a result of violation of intellectual property to anyone else, or cause conflicts with any pre-gained legal rights of anyone else. Participants must have never publicized the name anywhere else in any form, and must also have never allowed anyone else (including legal persons, organizations or natural persons) to publish or use the name anywhere else in any form. The submitted names may not violate any law of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, and may not include any content that is suspected of discrimination against any country, nation, race or religion, disagrees with refined social moralities and virtuous conventions and customs, or has any adverse effects.
  2. If the same name is submitted repeatedly, that is, when different participants submit the same name, based on the registered time of submission recorded and stated by the official website, the system will register only the earliest submission on a first-come-first-take basis.
  3. Participants are accountable for the authenticity and truthfulness of the submitted names and the documentations they provide. In the occurrence of violations against stated by (1) to (3), the organizers reserve the right to disqualify the participant in question. In the event of severe offences, the organizers may pursue legal actions.
  4. Participants confirm that the submitted names are creations commissioned by the organizers; once the name is adopted, the organizers will have ownership to its authorship, and rights of revision and use.