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Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkages (RASC-AL) Competition

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior
Graduate Students (Masters)

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

NASA's RASC-AL Competition is a collegiate-level engineering design challenge that allows students to tackle some of NASA's biggest challenges. With over a decade of history, the RASC-AL Competition is one of NASA's longest running and most robust student competitions. Each year themes changed based on current NASA priorities.

The 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts - Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) engineering design competition invites teams of university students to respond to one of five themes with creative ideas that will improve our ability to operate in space and on other bodies:

1. South Pole Multi-Purpose Rover;

2. ISS as a Mars Mission Analog;

3. Short Surface Stay Mars Mission;

4. Commercial Cislunar Space Development;

5. Autonomous Utilization and Maintenance for Science Payloads on the Gateway and/or Mars Deep Space Transport.

Up to 15 teams will be chosen to receive $6,000 participation stipends to present their concepts in a competitive design review at the RASC-AL Forum in June 2020.

Application Deadline: 10/15/2021

Participating Institution(s):
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NASA (Lead)
National Institute of Aerospace (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aerospace Engineering
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computational Sciences
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Transportation Systems

Applied Physics
Electrical Engineering
Mathematical Physics
Mechanical Engineering
Space Exploration
Space Flight
Space Informatics
Space Sciences
Systems Engineering

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This program is funded by:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Page last updated 6/2/2021
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