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Clarkson University RASC-AL
RASC-AL (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, http://www.lpi.usra.edu/rascal/ ) is a design program targeted at university-level engineering students developed by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and sponsored by NASA.  The program commences in September each year with the announcement of programmatic themes and culminates with the design project competition at the annual forum in June.

Student teams, guided by a faculty advisor, work for one or two semesters designing solutions to real NASA engineering challenges.  Teams are required to address the issues that a working NASA engineer would encounter, including Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and realistic assessment of project cost and schedule.   Additionally, teams are required to do education and public outreach (EPO) during the process.

All participating student teams are required to submit abstracts that are evaluated by the Steering Committee.  The top eighteen submissions are invited to travel to the annual RASC-AL Forum and present their work. Participating teams are asked to submit a written report, prepare a poster, and give an oral presentation. These elements, including a teamís EPO efforts, contribute to the scoring used to determine the winner of the RASC-AL Forum.

RASC-AL 2006: Development of a Sustainable Lunar Base

UG Students: Andrew T. Bingham, Myles M. Farrell, Walten P. Owens, Katie M. Wickswat, Christopher E. Zupp
Coordinators: Dan Valentine, Pier Marzocca
Sponsor: USRA, NASA New York Space Consortium, Clarkson University SPEED Program
RASC-AL 2007: Manned Missions to Near Earth Objects Using Exploration Systems Architecture Study Hardware
UG Students: Wade E. Bartlett, Andrew T. Bingham, Stephen D. Caron, Myles M. Farrell, Robert T. Fievisohn, Sean D. Moore, Daniel N. Valyou, Kate M. Wickswat, Robert A. Zilnicki
Coordinators: Dan Valentine, Pier Marzocca
Sponsor: USRA, NASA New York Space Consortium, Clarkson University SPEED Program
RASC-AL 2008: LUNA-TeST: Lunar Outpost for Testing Sustainable Technologies
UG Students: Wade Barlett, Stephen Caron, Andrew Colletti, Robert Fievisohen, Nathasha Levine, Daniel Valyou, Kate Wickswat, Robert Zilnicki
Coordinators: Dan Valentine, Pier Marzocca
Sponsor: USRA, NASA New York Space Consortium, Clarkson University SPEED Program

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