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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
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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.

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:

- Theme 1: Gateway Logistics as a Science Platform

- Theme 2: Gateway-based Cis-Lunar Tug

- Theme 3: Gateway-based Human Lunar Surface Access

- Theme 4: Gateway Uncrewed Utilization & Operations

Application Deadline: 1/17/2019
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Participating Institution(s):
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NASA (Lead)
National Institute of Aerospace

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

Data Analysis
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Research
Human-Computer Interaction
Mathematical Physics
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
Systems Engineering

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

Page last updated 10/5/2018
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