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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Teams Selected for First Round of RASC-AL 2016!

Crewed Mars Moons Mission
Columbia University – Path To Deimos
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – PULSAR Program
Pennsylvania State University – Mars Moons Operation Resupplying for Permanent Ground Research and Habitation
University of Maryland – Phobos Outpost: Enabling the Human Exploration of Mars
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University – Project Stepping Stone
University of Colorado, Boulder – First Steps to a Human Mars
Pennsylvania State University – IMaGInE Mission
Crew-tended Co-orbiting ISS Facility
Brigham Young University – SARIAH: Station Architecture for Revolutionary Investigation of Autonomous Habitats
Rowan University – American Prospect
University of Maryland – Vanguard: Developing an Evolvable Co-orbital ISS Facility
Earth-independent 1G Space Station
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign – 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 – 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
George Washington University – RASC-AL: Lunar Ice Trap – ISRU Mining, Processing & Storage
Old Dominion University – Developing Lunar Ice-Trap ISRU Mining, Processing and Storage Infrastructure
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis – Lunar Polar Ice Mining: In-Situ Resource Utilization
Alfred University – Rascalfred

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."