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2015 RASC-AL Costing Webinar Announced

The 2015 RASC-AL Costing Webinar has been scheduled for Thursday, March 26th, 2015 from 3-4PM EST. To help make the most of our limited time, please send any budget-related questions to Stacy Dees by 12 PM noon EST on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015. Please plan on logging in at 2:50 PM EST to allow time for the WebEx software to be downloaded to your computer.
There is no need to RSVP to this event. In order to participate in the Webinar, please visit and login using the following information:  
Meeting Number: 998 898 538
Meeting Password: n@s@$123!

To access just the audio portion, please use the following information:
Telecon Number: 1-844-467-6272
Passcode: 511128


Congratulations to the 2015 RASC-AL Teams:
  • Earth Independent Mars Pioneering Architecture
    • Georgia Institute of Technology - SCHEMA: Self-sustaining Colony for Human Exploration of Mars
    • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Mars Outpost for Colonizing, Knowledge and Independence, Nurturing Growth By In-situ Research and Development
    • University of Maryland - Asimov City, Mars: Developing a Permanent Earth-Independent Settlement on Mars
    • Drexel University - Planitia-Hellas Human Advanced Martian Environment
    • The University of Texas at Austin - Sustainable Red Planet Settlement System
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Project Dawn
  • Earth Independent Lunar Pioneering Architecture
    •  University of Colorado - Delphi: A Lunar Architecture to Enable Exploration, Research, and Commercial
    • University of Southern California - Low-Cost, Large-Scale, Near-Term Lunar Colony
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Project Kennedy Abstract
    • Caltech, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Johns Hopkins - Design of an Economically Sustainable Lunar Base
    • West Virginia University and State University of New York at Fredonia - Habitat On Moon Environment - H.O.M.E. Base: An Earth-Independent Lunar Architecture Mission
  • Mars Moons Prospector Mission
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - PIRARUCU: Mars Moon Prospector Mission 
  • Large Scale Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) Pathfinder Mission
    • University of California, Davis - Daedalus
    • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities - RASC-AL 2015: Large Scale Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing Pathfinder Mission
    •  Pennsylvania State University - A New Beginning: Human Class Mars EDL
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Mankind's Advancement of Resources and Verification of Extraterrestrial Landing
New Forms Added to the Website: 

Please note that there is a significant difference in the way projects are being evaluated this year. There are two separate project evaluation forms, to offer distinction between the categories, as well as unique compliance matrices related to each theme. Please use the forms specific to your theme.

Project Evaluation Forms: 

RASC-AL: Human Scale Architecture and Systems Competition 


Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts - Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) is a student design competition that is sponsored by NASA and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.  RASC-AL was formed to provide university-level engineering students with the opportunity to design human scale architecture concepts based on NASA engineering challenges as well as offer NASA access to new research and design projects by students.

RASC-AL is open to undergraduate and graduate university-level students studying fields with applications to human space exploration (i.e., aerospace, bio-medical, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and life, physical, and computer sciences).  RASC-AL projects allow students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Through RASC-AL, student teams and their faculty advisors will work to develop mission architectures to employ innovative solutions in response to one of the 4 following
  • Earth Independent Mars Pioneering Architecture
  • Earth Independent Lunar Pioneering Architecture
  • Mars Moons Prospector Mission
  • Large Scale Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) Pathfinder Mission
In 2015, up to eighteen will be chosen to compete at the RASC-AL Forum in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Each team will receive a monetary award to facilitate full participation in the RASC-AL Forum. The teams with the top two winning papers will be invited to present their design projects to industry experts at a major Aerospace conference, such as Space 2015 (additional travel stipends provided). 
Interested in RASC-AL?  Click here for more details. 
"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." 

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