RASC-AL is a university-level, full mission architecture engineering design competition

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Design requirements and constraints for the 2016 RASC-AL Themes

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Dates & Deadlines

Dates and Deadlines for the 2016 RASC-AL Competition

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Previous themes, teams, and winning technical papers

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Twelve Finalists Selected for 2016 RASC-AL Forum!

Crewed Mars Moons Mission
Columbia University – Path To Deimos
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – PULSAR Program
Pennsylvania State University with Wroclaw Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, University of Strathclyde, Georgia Institute of Technology, Munich University, University of Stuttgart, University of Colorado Boulder, Lulea University of Technology, University of Bologna, & University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (GRAD) – IMaGInE Mission
Crew-tended Co-orbiting ISS Facility
Brigham Young University – SARIAH: Station Architecture for Revolutionary Investigation of Autonomous Habitats
University of Maryland (GRAD) – Vanguard: Developing an Evolvable Co-orbital ISS Facility
Earth-independent 1G Space Station
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – Habitable Environment for Research and Manned Exploration of Space (HERMES)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – JX9: An Earth Independent 1G Space Station
University of Kansas – 1-G Earth Independent Space Station
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (GRAD) – ACCESS (ArtifiCial gravity CEntrifuge Space Station): Living Off the Land through Sustained In-Situ Resource Utilization
Lunar Ice-Trap ISRU Mining, Processing and Storage Infrastructure
University of Minnesota – Saleable Lunar Ice Propellant Manufacture Through Modularity
Colorado School of Mines – S.E.L.E.N.E. – Station Employing Lunar Excavation for New Exploration
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis – Lunar Polar Ice Mining: In-Situ Resource Utilization

RASC-AL Forum Videos

Student Perspective NASA/Industry Perspective

Pat Troutman –

"NASA is always looking for great ideas. What better group to turn to than the next generation of engineers?" said Pat Troutman, senior systems analysis at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. "Students get something out of it too. They get the chance to apply what they learn in class to real world aerospace challenges."