Archive for August, 2018

Announcing NASA’s 2019 RASC-AL Competition

The 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition is seeking proposals for innovative Gateway missions.

NASA’s RASC-AL Competition is a collegiate-level engineering design challenge that allows students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. With over a decade of history, the RASC-AL Competition is one of NASA’s longest running and most robust student competitions.

This year’s RASC-AL themes range from using the Gateway as the hub of new science capabilities to using it as the jumping-off point for humanity’s return to the lunar surface:

Interested student teams and their faculty advisors should submit an online Notice of Intent by October 15, 2018 and submit proposals and videos by January 17, 2019.

Respondents are asked to pay special attention to the following proposal expectations:

Based on review of the team proposal and video submissions, the RASC-AL Steering Committee (SC) will select up to twenty teams to move to the next stage of the competition. After evaluating Mid-Project Reviews in March, the SC will narrow the competition field and invite 12-14 teams to move to the final phase of the competition – presenting their concepts to a panel of NASA and industry judges in a competitive design review at the 2019 RASC-AL Forum in Cocoa Beach, Florida next June.

Finalist teams receive a $6,000 stipend to facilitate full participation in the RASC-AL Forum. The top two overall winning teams will be awarded with additional travel stipends to present their concept at an aerospace conference, such as AIAA Space 2019 or IAC 2019.

We have created a printable 2019 RASC-AL Flyer which contains more information about this year’s challenge and is ideal for posting in classrooms and departmental bulletin boards.

For full competition details, including complete theme and submission guidelines, please visit the RASC-AL Website:

Participating students have the opportunity to interact with NASA and industry experts, develop relationships that could lead to participation in other NASA student research programs, and infuse concepts and data from RASC-AL into NASA human exploration program planning.

If you have any questions, please contact the RASC-AL Program Team:

Join NASA’s L’SPACE Virtual Academy – Applications Now Open!

Are you an undergraduate science and engineering student interested in pursuing a career with NASA? Would you like to gain skills, knowledge, and competency in NASA mission protocols, procedures, and practices?

NASA’s Lucy Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids is currently accepting applications for its new student collaboration program –  the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) Virtual Academy. This interactive, team-based, 12-week program is designed to engage a diverse population of college/university science and engineering students in rigorous, project-based STEM workforce development.

Cost: Free! You invest your time, passion, and dedication to participate!

Want to know more? Please visit for more information and to access the application.

Technical Resources

1 CubeSat “Developer Resources”:

2. CubeSat “Collaborations”:

3. CubeSat “Suppliers”:

4. CubeSat “Workshop” in April 2019:


Selected papers from the 2018 SSC (

CubeSat Failure study

Ground Station

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Announcement for Proposals Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 project

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in cooperation with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), has published an Announcement for Proposals (AFP) For a Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project (NNH18ZDA016K).   The Mars 2020 rover mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key questions about the potential for life on Mars. See:

This AFP solicits proposals from commercial, educational, or non-profit organizations to partner with NASA on a non-reimbursable, i.e., no-exchange-of-funds, basis to define, organize, and execute a contest for K-12 students in U.S. schools to select a name for the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020. NASA seeks proposals from organizations that are innovative, inspirational, and utilize avenues of high impact for reaching a diversity of populations and broadening participation. NASA views such contests as opportunities that further the Agency objectives to inform the public and distribute knowledge gained from the space program to a broad audience.

NASA will accept responses until 11:59 pm Eastern time, October 9, 2018.  Responses shall be in the form of a proposal submitted via NSPIRES; see the AFP for details. NASA will judge proposals on their science engagement value and the expected breadth and depth of penetration into the national K-12 student population via a variety of both traditional and innovative channels – NASA is interested in reaching homeschoolers, U.S. affiliated students abroad, and all K-12 age students residing within the U.S. The successful Proposer will conduct a contest during the 2019 spring academic semester to evaluate, select, and deliver to NASA by July 31, 2019, the top 25 names that have been proposed and the associated nomination materials submitted by the students.

The AFP is available on NSPIRES at Interested parties are encouraged to read the AFP carefully, as it differs significantly from a ROSES-type solicitation.

Send questions by email to: George Tahu; Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters: AFP questions and responses, with identifying information removed, will be posted as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at:

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