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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)
Graduate Students (PhD)

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

NASA is pioneering the future of space exploration as we extend humanity's presence further into the solar system. The RASC-AL Competition is seeking undergraduate and graduate teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovation to improve our ability to operate on the Moon, Mars and beyond. Each team's response should address novel and robust technologies, capabilities, and operational models that support expanding humanity's ability to thrive beyond Earth. In this year's RASCAL Competition, teams and their faculty advisors are invited to design and propose innovative solutions with supporting original engineering and analysis in response to one of the four themes:

- Long Duration Mars Simulation at the Moon: Develop an architecture for a long duration simulation of a human mission to Mars conducted at the Moon.

- Sustained Lunar Evolution: Develop an architecture for evolving human presence on the Moon to expand available services and commodities.

- AI-Powered Self-Replicating Probes - an Evolutionary Approach: Develop a concept for an autonomous spacecraft that enhances itself via resources it gathers as it visits multiple low gravity bodies in the solar system.

- Large Scale Lunar Crater Prospector: Develop a concept for a prospecting rover that can operate for long durations in craters at the lunar south pole.

Visit the Competition Website for the full theme descriptions and requirements.

Participating Institution(s):
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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
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
STEM Fields
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 3/1/2024
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