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

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Design requirements and constraints for the
2018 RASC-AL Themes

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Dates & Deadlines

Dates and Deadlines for the 2018 RASC-AL Competition

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Previous themes, teams, and winning technical papers

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Congratulations to the 2018 RASC-AL Competition Semi-Finalists!

Theme 1: Reusable Hybrid Propulsion Stage

  • University of Texas at Austin
    • Title: Texas RASC-AL: Project HAO Abstract
    • Advisor: Brandon Jones
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GRADUATE TEAM)
    • Title: Reusable Hybrid Propulsion Stage
    • Advisor: Stephen Edwards
  • Virginia Tech
    • Title: Project CHIMERA
    • Advisor: Kevin Shinpaugh
  • University of Maryland
    • Title: TERPS: Trans-Mars Exploration Reusable Propulsion Stage
    • Advisor: David Akin
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Title: The S.A.B.R.E. Stage – Stevens Autonomous Block-2B Reusable Exploration Stage
    • Advisor: Eric Williams
  • Columbia University
    • Title: ALMA: Advanced Lunar-Mars Architecture
    • Advisor: Michael Massimino
  • Pennsylvania State University
    • Title: Project ACORN
    • Advisor: David Spencer

Theme 2: Artificial G Reusable Crewed Deep Space Transport

  • University of Southern California (GRADUATE TEAM)
    • Title: Hyperion: Artificial Gravity Reusable Crewed Deep Space Transport
    • Advisor: David Barnhart
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Title: Project S.P.A.C.E
    • Advisor: Eric Williams
  • Oklahoma State University
    • Title: RASC-AL Theme 2 Artificial Gravity Reusable Crewed Deep Space Transport
    • Advisor: James Kidd
  • Virginia Tech
    • Title: Project AGERIS
    • Advisor: Kevin Shinpaugh
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Title: ARIES: Adaptable Rotating Interplanetary Exploration System
    • Advisor: Koki Ho
  • Purdue University
    • Title: Martian Joyride − An Orbital Living Nexus and Interplanetary Residence (MJOLNIR)
    • Advisor: Cesare Guariniello
  • NASA Langley Interns, comprised of Georgia Tech, UTSA, Colorado School of Mines, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Texas State San Marcos, University of Virginia
    • Title: PORG Station
    • Advisor: TBD

Theme 3: Propellant Resupply Capability

  • Texas Tech University
    • Title: Storage/Transfer System for Insitu Supply
    • Advisor: Craig Snoeyink
  • University of Minnesota
    • Title: CLETUS: Cis-Lunar Electrolysis, Transfer, and Utilization System
    • Advisor: John Weyrauch
  • University of Tennessee
    • Title: Depot for Martian and Extraterrestrial Transport Resupply (DeMETR)
    • Advisor: James Lyne

Theme 4: Lunar Polar Sample Return Architecture

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    • Title: LIES: Lunar Ice Extraction System
    • Advisor: Bogdan Udrea
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    • Title: Project SCHWIFTY (Sample Collection to Harvest Water IceFor Technical Yearning)
    • Advisor: Bogdan Udrea
  • Colorado School of Mines
    • Title: Project POSEIDON: Polar Sample Extraction In-situ Drilling Operations Network
    • Advisor: Jamal Rostami
  • Drexel University, with RMIT, KAIST, HKUST, and University of Pennsylvania
    • Title: Rhabdomancer Program
    • Advisor: Ajmal Yousuff


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