NASA’s 2016 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition

NASA’s 2016 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition

The 2016 design competition is looking for innovations in crafting NASA exploration strategies that expand our knowledge and leverage resources as we extend our presence into the solar system.  We encourage you to involve your undergraduate and graduate students in this competition, which gives them 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.

Teams that are selected will receive a $6,000 stipend to facilitate participation in the 

2016 RASC-AL Forum held in Cocoa Beach, Florida in June.
 
Student teams and their faculty advisors are invited to submit abstracts by January 17,2016, responding to the following themes:

  • Crew-tended Co-orbiting ISS Facility
  • Lunar Ice-Trap ISRU Mining, Processing and Storage Infrastructure
  • Crewed Mars Moons Mission
  • Earth-Independent 1G Space Station


NEW THIS YEAR!  Based on review of the abstracts by the RASC-AL Steering Committee, up to twenty teams will be selected to move to the next stage of the competition.  After evaluating Mid-Project Reviews in March, the Steering Committee will narrow the competition field and select 14-16 teams to move to the final phase of the competition.  These remaining teams will receive a stipend to facilitate full participation in the RASC-AL Forum in Cocoa Beach, Florida in June.

The two top scoring teams will be invited to present their design projects to industry experts at a major Aerospace conference, such as AIAA Space 2016 (additional travel stipends provided).

Please take a moment to view the printable themes flyer describing the 2016 RASC-AL challenge themes. For complete information on the 2016 RASC-AL Design Competition, visit http://rascal.nianet.org. NOTE:This is a brand new RASC-AL website!  The old site has moved, so please update your bookmarks.

For your convenience, here is a list of important dates:

November 9, 2015: Notice of Intent deadline

January 17, 2016: Abstract deadline

February 5, 2016: 1st down-select is made

March 18, 2016: Mid-Project Review

April 1, 2016: 2nd & final down-select is made

June 20-23, 2016: 2016 RASC-AL Forum

Teams are requested to submit an online Notice of Intent to compete form which can found on the RASC-AL website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

For complete information on the 2016 RASC-AL Engineering Design Competition please visit our new RASC-AL website at  http://rascal.nianet.org.

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