Below are some resources that may be helpful as you prepare your RASCAL deliverables. We encourage teams to utilize the NASA research tools when developing their projects, and to pay special attention to the resources on how to give professional and effective presentations prior to the Forum.
NEW Recommended Reading for RASC-AL 2017
- ***NASA's Voyages Report: Charting the Course for Sustainable Human Space Exploration
- NASA Space Technology Roadmap from the Office of Chief Technologist
- Human Spaceflight: Mission Analysis and Design Handbook (Space Technology Series); Authors: Wiley J. Larson, Linda K. Pranke
- The Lunar Base Handbook: An Introduction to Lunar Base Design, Development, and Operations (Space Technology Series); Author: Peter Eckart
- Archived Presentations from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts - Fellows Meetings
- Basics of Space Flight - From JPL
- NASA's Lunar Habitat
- Human Spaceflight: Mission Analysis and Design Handbook
- 2008 NASA Cost Estimating Handbook
- Special Note: the following website (http://cost.jsc.nasa.gov), mentioned both in the Cost Estimating Handbook and the March 14, 2013 RASC-AL Costing Webinar, is no longer accessible.
- Cost Estimating Powerpoint - From 2015 RASC-AL Costing Webinar, given by Jordan Klovstad, March 25, 2015
- NASA Project Cost Estimating Capability software (Please find link under "Software")
- Catalog of free software from NASA's Technology Transfer Program
- Spaceworks provides free use of their Bullseye Trajectory Tool for academic purposes. Participants who choose to download this program will need to fill out the appropriate form to request permission to do so. To receive permission to use this trajectory too, please fill out and submit the form at http://www.spaceworkssoftware.com/astrodynamics-lab.shtml and someone will get back to you quickly with the key.
- DS SolidWorks has offered to provide RASC-AL teams with free software (if needed) – SolidWorksSimulation design validation tools. They are offering free SolidWorks with Simulation to each team member for their personal computers. If you are interested in obtaining the free software, please click the link above, then “click here for team sponsorship” and fill out the online form.
- The NASA Project Cost Estimating Capability (PCEC) is an Excel-based software tool with a collection of cost estimating relationships and models to estimate the development and production costs of spaceflight hardware systems. It is available for FREE to all US Citizens by requesting access at: https://www.nasa.gov/offices/ooe/PCEC/#.VbfciuhViko.
For more information or help with using PCEC, please contact the PCEC support desk at MSFC-PCEC@mail.nasa.gov.
- OLTARIS: The main purpose of OLTARIS is to provide researchers with access to a tool set that can be used to assess the effects of space radiation on vehicles, electronics, and humans. You can request access at: https://oltaris.larc.nasa.gov/
Please note that neither NASA nor NIA are endorsing Spaceworks, SolidWorks or NAFCOM products, and each team needs to make independent assessment of these offers and products.
Project Management / Systems Engineering
- Project Planning, Analysis, and Control - ESI Course Material (copyrighted)
- This in-depth course material will be made available to each team's faculty advisor after final selections are made. NASA and NIA recommend that teams thoroughly review this material and incorporate it into their project plans.
- Project Plan Template - NASA APPEL
- NASA's Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements
- NASA Systems Engineering Handbook - 2007
- Applied Space Systems Engineering - (Space Technology Series); Authors: Wiley Larson, Douglas Kirkpatrick, Jerry Sellers, Lawrence Thomas, Dinesh Verma
- NASA's Human Research Program Integrated Research Plan: Contains important information on health related issues and problems that NASA needs to tackle.
- NASA's Human Research Program: Contains information on health related issues and problems that NASA is currently working towards.
- Human Research Roadmap: This website takes a look at specific gaps that NASA is working on, which should help provide areas to consider relating to health and space travel.
- Curiosity's Radiation Results: Contains information regarding potential radiation levels for humans traveling to Mars and its implications.