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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 themes:
- 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).
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"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."