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Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts (RASC-AL) 2015

RASC-AL Team at Forum in Cocoa Beach, Florida

COMPETITION INFORMATION
Name: Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Student Competition
Held By: The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)
Location: Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel in Cocoa Beach, FL
Date: June 14th to 17th, 2015
Current Status: Accepted to RASC-AL Forum


COMPETITION DESCRIPTION
Drexel University's RASC-AL 2015 team decided to choose the Earth Independent Mars Pioneering Architecture theme. As described on the RASC-AL website, this theme includes:

"Given a 40 year timespan starting in 2014, and a flat total NASA budget of $16 Billion a year, derive an architecture that has 24 people continuously living on the surface of Mars. The pioneers on Mars are totally self-sufficient at year 40, with no supplies of any sort except an every other year crew rotation (4 up and 4 down) sent from Earth. The architecture will convey a series of missions (campaign) over the 40 year period that shows the gradual build-up of capabilities, infrastructure and risk reduction. All existing NASA programs will continue with some reduction in annual funding allowed (maintain at least 80% of their current budget) but the total NASA budget will remain flat, adjusting for inflation."

For information about the competition in entirety, please refer to the RASC-AL 2014 page.

MY CONTRIBUTION
As a part of this team, I am focused on the automation and communication in space. I have performed preliminary research into current systems for communication, as well as automation that is currently being used in spacecraft like the ISS as well as research that is being conducted if humans were to inhabit a planet other than Earth. Automation and communication are two key parts of this mission since these systems will be able to document operations on Mars, keep track of the health and location of all astronauts (totaling 24), data log and scheduling communication, being able to provide aid in emergency situations, can perform labor intensive jobs, and many others. What is revolutionary about the system is the human-machine interaction and the operations made specifically to free up time for the astronauts. This includes the ability to follow astronauts without the need for constant movement instruction, be able to document all operations of astronauts and determine if any problems in respect to health and safety may occur or become a problem, be able to perform labor intensive jobs, as well as the ability to customize settings, tasks, and operations specifically for each astronaut to aid them in the most efficient way possible. Further research will be performed to further develop this if our team is to be accepted to the RASC-AL forum. This information will be given out on February 1st, 2015.


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Frederick Wachter,
Jun 6, 2015, 2:19 PM
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Frederick Wachter,
Jun 6, 2015, 2:19 PM
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Frederick Wachter,
Jan 12, 2015, 1:03 PM
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