Two UMD Teams Take Best in Theme at NASA’s RASC-AL Competition
Two University of Maryland (UMD) teams took “Best in Theme” for their concepts in NASA’s 2021 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) program.
Sixteen teams were chosen nationwide for this year’s competition across five themes: Durable Low-Mass Lunar Surface Habitat, Minimum Mars Ascent Vehicle, Venus Flyby Mission, Human Mission to Ceres, and Distributed Lunar Sample Aggregation, Analysis, and Return to the International Space Station.
Maryland was one of only two universities to have three teams selected as finalists to compete, and all three teams were comprised of students from the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s senior capstone course Space Systems Design (ENAE 484).
The winning Best in Theme Maryland teams were:
Category: Minimum Mars Ascent Vehicle
Category: Durable Low-Mass Lunar Surface Habitat
“For 20 years, the RASC-AL program has expanded professional space exploration engineering and design thinking into the university realm, bringing new ideas, research and design to the table to further NASA and industry progress toward Artemis and push the boundaries for human travel beyond the Moon into the farther reaches of space.”
All of this year’s team’s projects can all be viewed online on the RASC-AL 2021 Forum.
June 22, 2021