2021 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge

Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 1
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24
Contact: rascal@nianet.org

The 2021 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for eligible college students. Teams have the opportunity to design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2021 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.*

*As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace will closely monitor and follow guidelines from federal, state and community officials regarding the onsite competition at NASA Langley next summer. Protecting the health and safety of team members, staff and judges is our primary priority.

2020 RASC-AL Competition—Virtual Forum

Audience: Educators, Parents, and Students in Grades 9-College
Event Date: June 16-18

The 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) engineering design competition has narrowed entries down to 15 university teams, and finalists will present their projects via video during a virtual forum. Educators, students, and the public are invited to watch the event online. 

The RASC-AL competition challenged teams to develop new and creative concepts that leverage innovations for NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program and future human missions to Mars. Teams will discuss their projects via video, presenting digital posters and answering judges’ questions in real-time through livestreaming of the competition online at livestream.com/viewnow/rascal-forum.

Sessions begin at 9:50 a.m. EDT on June 16 and run through 5 p.m. EDT on June 18. A forum agenda, including selected teams and when they will present, can be found at https://livestream.com/viewnow/rascal-forum/images/205766353.