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RASC-AL Student Competition Finalists Announced by NASA/NIA March 10, 2009

Posted by Nick Azer in lunar land use planning, lunar transportation, NASA.

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace have announced the Moon Design finalists in their university-student competition, the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) forum.

The 15 finalists are composed of teams from 5 graduate schools and 10 undergraduate programs, who will present concepts regarding one of the four themes.

The themes include the expansion from a lunar outpost to lunar settlements (including global lunar transportation); concepts for the initial lunar outpost and challenges it could face; methods to ‘bring the world along’ with virtual exploration (e.g. like the Google Lunar X PRIZE’s Mooncast); and ways to improve sample return from the lunar surface.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s engineers, leaders, and bloggers (less than two years removed from my Bachelor’s myself), and these kinds of presentations are always interesting, so I’ll be keeping an eye out when the forum comes around in June for any particularly insightful nuggets :)


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