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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A transcript from the 2018 Q&A Session is now available!

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We are pleased to announce the 2018 RASC-AL Themes!


  • Reusable Hybrid Propulsion Stage
  • Artificial Gravity Reusable Crewed Deep Space Transport
  • Propellant Resupply Capability
  • Lunar Polar Sample Return Architecture


RASC-AL program staff will respond to questions presented by eligible student and faculty from accredited colleges and universities in the United States (and international team participants formally affiliated with a US-based university team).

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."