School of Engineering and Computing Sciences News
Aug 19 2014
2015 RASC-AL Engineering Design Competition

Ready for the 2015 RASC-AL Forum? Collaborate and enter your notice of intent to join here!

What:

  • 2015 NASA RASC-AL Engineering Design Competition - 2015 Themes preview
  • Team project where students investigate, plan, and analyze space exploration designs and develop concepts that may provide full or partial solutions to design problems and challenges currently facing human space exploration.
  • Themes provide opportunities for students to engage in specialized areas.
  • Teams present their research to a panel of NASA and industry experts at the annual RASC-AL Forum. The oral presentations are augmented by the submission of a technical paper and a research poster.

Who:

  • The competition is open to undergraduate or graduate level teams from US-based universities (Senior Design Project teams, aerospace clubs, etc.).
  • Faculty participation is required.
  • Inter-disciplinary, multi-university, and international collaborations are allowed and encouraged.

When:

  • Notice of Intent Deadline: November 3, 2014
  • Abstract Deadline: January 11, 2015
  • Final teams selected: February 1, 2015
  • 2015 RASC-AL Forum: late May/early June 2015

Where:

  • The 2015 RASC-AL Forum will be held in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Why:

  • Involvement in high-level, relevant aerospace research focusing on innovative and creative ideas – with the potential for NASA to infuse your RASC-AL concepts and data into NASA program planning.
  • The chance for students to apply what they learn in class to real world, current challenges associated with manned space flight.
  • Invaluable opportunities to interact and network with NASA and industry experts (Boeing Aerospace, SpaceWorks Engineering, SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, Aerojet Rocketdyne).
  • The opportunity to develop relationships that could lead to participation in other NASA/industry programs. Each year, NASA and industry hire interns and full-time employees directly from the RASC-AL Forum!
  • Selected teams receive travel stipends to present their work to a panel of NASA/industry judges, where participants gain the incredible experience of giving a technical presentation and poster presentation.
  • VIP tour of the NASA Kennedy Space Center.
  • Top winning teams are awarded with a travel stipend to attend the annual AIAA Space Conference, where they will be invited to present their design project to industry experts.
  • RASC-AL is a great resume builder!

How:

  • Interested teams are encouraged to submit an online Notice of Intent form by November 3, 2014
  • The first stage of the competition begins with an abstract. Teams submit a 5 page abstract via the RASC-AL website, responding to one of the 2015 RASC-AL Themes.
  • Click Here to find a flyer with a preview of the 2015 RASC-AL themes descriptions. The 2015 RASC-AL themes include:
  • Earth Independent Mars Pioneering Architecture
  • Earth Independent Lunar Pioneering Architecture
  • Mars Moons Prospector Mission
  • Large Scale Mars Entry, Decent and Landing (EDL) Pathfinder Mission
  • Based on a review of the abstracts by the RASC-AL Steering Committee, up to sixteen teams will be selected to move to the final stage of the competition. In the final stage, selected teams receive a stipend to facilitate full participation in the RASC-AL Forum held at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Hotel in Cocoa Beach, Florida in May/June 2015.
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