Pre-2011 Winning Teams

2010 RASC-AL FORUM WINNING TECHNICAL PAPERS

Undergraduate

1st Place 

University of Maryland/Arizona State University

Paper: Project RAVEN: Robotic Assist Vehicle for Extraterrestrial Navigation

Faculty Advisor: David Akin, Srikanth Saripali, Mary Bowden

2nd Place 

University of Colorado at Boulder

Paper: LYNX: A Small Satellite Strategy for Lunar Exploration and Public Outreach Utilizing Laser Communication and Libration Point Orbits

Faculty Advisor: Donna Gerren

Graduate

1st Place 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Paper: Shared Human and Robotic Landing and Surface Exploration in the Neighborhood of Mars

Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Hoffman

2ndPlace

National Institute of Aerospace: Georgia Tech/University of Virginia

Paper: PHARO: Propellant Harvesting of Atmospheric Resources in Orbit

Faculty Advisor: Alan Wilhite 


2009 RASC-AL FORUM WINNING TECHNICAL PAPERS

Undergraduate

1st Place

University of Maryland

Paper: Project ASHLAIN: A Lunar Flying Vehicle for Rapid Universal Surface Access

Advisors: Dr. Dave Akin and Dr. Mary Bowden

 

Graduate

1st Place

Georgia Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University

Project titled, “Reusable Lunar Transportation Architecture Utilizing Orbital Propellant Depots.”

No PDF of this paper is available. If you have a copy, please email it to rascal@nianet.org.

Advisor Dr. Alan Wilhite, Ga. Tech

 


2007 RASC-AL FORUM WINNING TECHNICAL PAPERS 

Undergraduate

1st Place

University of Michigan

Paper: Economical Surface Balloon Inflation System for Future Scout Class Mars Missions

Advisor: Nilton Renno, Ph.D.

 

Graduate 

1st Place

NIA/Georgia Institute of Technology

Paper: The Gryphon

Advisor: Alan Wilhite, Ph.D.


2006 RASC-AL FORUM WINNING TECHNICAL PAPERS

Undergraduate

1st Place

Rice University

Paper: Osteonexus: A Fracture Healing System for Mars

Advisor: Michael Liebschner, Ph.D.

2nd Place

University of Michigan

Paper: Mars Balloon Scout Mission: Searching for Organics on Mars with Long Duration Balloons

Advisor: Nilton Renno, Ph.D.

Graduate

1st Place

University of Maryland

Paper: Phoenix: A Low-Cost Commercial Approach to the Crew Exploration Vehicle

Advisor: David Akin.

2nd Place

NIA/Georgia Institute of Technology

Paper: The Lewis-Clark Station: a First Human Outpost on Mars

Advisor: Alan Wilhite, Ph.D.

Other Notable Teams 

NIA/Georgia Institute of Technology 

Paper: Investigation of Possible Heliocentric Orbiter Applications for Crewed Mars Missions

Advisor: Alan Wilhite, Ph.D.

University of Alabama - Huntsville

Paper:  Mars Aerial Vehicle – Rocket Intra-planetary Carrier (MAVRIC)

Advisor: Michael Benfield, Ph.D.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Paper: GIT SMART: a Mission to Measure Atmospheric Methane on Mars

Advisor: Dimitri Mavris, Ph.D.


2005 RASC-AL FORUM WINNING TECHNICAL PAPERS 

Undergraduate

1st Place

Rice University

Paper: Advanced Space Health Maintenance System: Technology Enabling Extended Manned Space Exploration

Advisor: Michael Liebschner, Ph.D.

2ndPlace

University of Michigan

Paper: Universal Chassis for Modular Ground Vehicles

Advisor: Nilton Renno, Ph.D.

Graduate

1st Place

Utah State University

Paper: SelenAres

Advisor: Todd Mosher, Ph.D.

2nd Place

Georgia Institute of Technology

Paper: Reusable Exploration Vehicle (REV) Orbital Space Tourism Concept

Advisor: John Olds, Ph.D.

NIA/Georgia Institute of Technology

Paper: Full Concept Architecture for Manned, Lunar Exploration

Advisor: Alan Wilhite, Ph.D.

Utah State University

Paper: AEGIS - A Navigation and Communications Infrastructure for the Moon and Mars

Advisor: Todd Mosher, Ph.D.


2004 RASC-AL FORUM WINNING TECHNICAL PAPERS

No PDFs of the 2004 papers are available. If you have a copy of any of these papers, please email it to rascal@nianet.org

Undergraduate

Georgia Institute of Technology

Presentation: Europa Lander Mission & System Concept

Advisor: Robert Braun, Ph.D.

University of Maryland

Presentation: Modular Roving Planetary Habitat, Laboratory, And Base (MORPHLAB)

Advisor: David Akin, Ph.D

Graduate

Georgia Institute of Technology

Presentation: Advanced Hypersonic Spaceplane: Multi-Role Architecture using Turbine Based Combined Cycle

Advisor: John Olds, Ph.D.

Howard University 

Presentation: Human Robotic Synergistic Hemopoietic Stem Cell Therapy for Exploration of the Solar System

Advisor: Sergio Ohi, Ph.D.


2003 RASC-AL FORUM WINNING TECHNICAL PAPERS

Grand Prize Team

University of Maryland

Paper: Space Construction and Orbital Utility Transport - Project Scout

Advisor: Dr. David Akin and Dr. Mary Bowden

1st Runner-up

Princeton University

Paper: Integrated Robotic Team for Martian Water Collection

Advisor: Stephen Lyon, Ph.D.

Outstanding Presentation

Howard University

Paper: The Hematopoietic Stem Cell Therapy to Countermeasure Astronauts’ Immunodeficiency in Space

Advisor: Seigo Ohi, Ph.D. 


2002 RASC-AL FORUM WINNING TECHNICAL PAPER

University of California, Berkeley

Paper: A Novel Method for Cutting Removal from Holes During Percussive Drilling on Mars

Advisor: George Cooper, Ph.D.