Posts Tagged 'NASA'

Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition

Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) is a student design competition that is sponsored by NASA and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.  RASC-AL was formed to provide university-level engineering students with the opportunity to design projects based on NASA engineering challenges as well as offer NASA access to new research and design projects by students.

RASC-AL is open to undergraduate and graduate university-level students studying fields with applications to human space exploration (i.e., aerospace, bio-medical, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and life, physical, and computer sciences).  RASC-AL projects allow students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Through RASC-AL, student teams and their faculty advisors will work to develop mission architectures to employ innovative solutions in response to one of the 3 following themes:
  • Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) Flexible Mission Architecture Designs
  • Human-Focused Mars Mission Systems and Technologies
  • Human Lunar Access and Initial Exploration
BRAND NEW WAY TO PARTICIPATE IN 2013!

Teams can choose to participate in RASC-AL in one of two different ways:
  1. By developing a complete, integrated, end-to-end architecture addressing one of the three themes listed above (the traditional option); OR
  2. By performing a thorough system design of a supporting element such as a mobility system, habitat or lander (the advanced concept option).
In 2013, up to eighteen will be chosen to compete at the RASC-AL Forum in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Each team will receive a travel stipend to help defray the cost of attending the RASC-AL Forum. The teams with the top two winning papers will be invited to present their design projects to industry experts at a major Aerospace conference, such as Space 2013 (additional travel stipends provided).
Interested in RASC-AL?  Click here for more details.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Scholarship

Dear University of Virginia SEAS Students,

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) will be holding an information session for upcoming student scholarship and fellowship opportunities. VSGC offers Undergraduate Research Scholarships of up to $8,500 and Graduate Research Fellowships of $5,000 (renewable for one year). The Undergraduate Scholarships can be combined with summer research or an intern position in a lab. These awards look great on your resume if you are applying for a job or to graduate school and SEAS students have a good track record of receiving awards each year, so I encourage to you to attend. Your studies or research needs to be in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields and some how related to NASA’s Mission (even if it is a stretch). The awards are only open to U.S. Citizens.

The information session will be in MEC 215 on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m and there will be free pizza and soft drinks. Please RSVP to jdotzaue@odu.edu

Thanks,

Christopher P. Goyne, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor of Mech. & Aero. Engr.
Director, Aerospace Research Laboratory

Aerospace Research Laboratory
University of Virginia
570 Edgemont Rd
PO Box 400248
Charlottesville VA 22904-4248 USA

+1 434-982-5355 (office) 982-2037 (fax)
goyne@virginia.edu

Systems Engineering Student Competition

NASA Announces Systems Engineering Student Competition.

ExecutiveGov (3/12, Tuutti) reported, “College students nationwide are invited to participate in NASA’s fourth annual systems engineering paper competition where awards include cash scholarships and VIP invitations to attend future space shuttle or rocket launch.” NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate is holding to competition, asking student to “submit a paper on an exploration systems mission topic. The deadline to register for the competition is April 16, and papers are due April 23. The winning teams will be announced in May.”

Details available at this NASA address.

Database of the Week: Aerospace & High Technology Database

The Aerospace & High Technology Database — part of the CSA Illumina suite of databases — provides aerospace engineering students and faculty a window into the journal, conference and other technical literature central to their fields.  It provides bibliographic coverage of basic and applied research in aeronautics, astronautics, and space sciences, as well as complementary and supporting fields.  In addition to periodical literature from over 3,000 sources, the database also includes coverage of reports issued by NASA, other U.S. government agencies, international institutions, universities, and private firms. This database provides comprehensive international coverage as well as numerous non-serial publications.  You can learn more about this database from its Factsheet or begin searching the database at CSA Illumina.

The Aerospace & High Technology Database is one of many information resources brought to you by the Brown Science and Engineering Library!  Ask for a demonstration of this database or about other resources that can help you work faster, smarter and better!

(Use of this database from this address restricted to University of Virginia users only.  Please contact a librarian for assistance, if you are having trouble connecting.)

One Small Step… Remembered

The Apollo Space Program and NASA’s efforts to put a man on the moon culminated in the landing of the Apollo 11 lunar module on the Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969.  This site from NASA commemorates the 40th anniversary of that event with photos, interviews, mission highlights and more.


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