RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge

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A Huge Congratulations to the 8 Finalist Mars Ice Challenge Teams!

Find the story about the Mars Ice Challenge at nasa.gov

  • Alfred University - Multi-stage Ice Drilling and Extraction System (MIDaES)
    1. Advisor: Seong-Jin Lee
  • Colorado School of Mines – Project: H.G. WELLS Hidden Ground - Water Extraction Low Load System
    1. Advisor: Angel Abbud-Madrid
  • North Carolina State University – Appetite for Ice
    1. Advisor: Andre Mazzoleni
  • University of Pennsylvania – Mars Water Horizons
    1. Advisor: Graham Wabiszewski
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville – FOLGRS
    1. Advisor: Brett Compton
  • The University of Texas at Austin – Deepspace Excavator
    1. Advisors: Eric van Oort, Pradeep Ashok, and Mitch Pryor
  • West Virginia University – Mountaineer Ice Drilling Automated System (MIDAS)
    1. Advisors: Powsiri Klinkhachorn & Iklin Bilgesu
  • West Virginia University – The In-Situ Resource Extraction System
    1. Advisor: Thomas Evans

NASA is celebrating Langley's 100th Anniversary with a
RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Drilling Challenge!

The RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge is a special edition competition that will be held in conjunction with 100th Anniversary celebration activities at NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC) in 2017. RASC-AL has served as an integral part of LaRC’s talent pipeline as well as an idea mine for many LaRC projects over the span of several decades. As a part of the centennial celebration activities at LaRC, NASA will highlight RASC-AL achievements by hosting a Special Edition Challenge focusing on technology demonstrations for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) capabilities on Mars, particularly extracting water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. Improving ISRU capabilities will be a focus for NASA over the next few decades, and the RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge offers a unique way for NASA LaRC to recognize RASC-AL’s important place in its history while also linking the competition to its future.