RASC-AL Update 2018 posted in rascal

March 05, 2018

The Mission

This year, CSI’s RASC-AL team is competing in the Reusable Hybrid Propulsion Stage challenge, and are developing the Advanced Lunar-Mars Architecture (ALMA). The challenge requires in-space hybrid propulsion (chemical and solar electric) that is refuelable in cis-lunar orbit and capable of transporting 50 metric tons to a 5-sol Mars orbit. We are collaborating with a team from the University of Minnesota, who is developing a system to supply ALMA with propellants, rendezvousing in lunar orbit.

Team Members

  • Millen Anand, Class of 2020*
  • Madeleine Brennan, Class of 2021
  • Shane Brewer, Class of 2018
  • Eileen Chen, Class of 2020
  • Caleb Cook, Class of 2020
  • Taia Fagerstrom, Class of 2021
  • Collin Francis, Class of 2018
  • Zhanna Kitbalyan, Class of 2018
  • Sian Lee Kitt, Class of 2021
  • Cleo Payne, Class of 2021
  • Aaron Pickard, Class of 2020*
  • Gianluca Rago, Class of 2021*
  • Stefani Shoreibah, Class of 2021
  • David Treatman, Class of 2020

* indicates Team Lead

March 5th Update

After submitting an abstract of our design, ALMA was selected by NASA to move on to the next stage of competition!

Next Steps

We are developing our Mid-Project Review deliverable for submission on April 1st, and will be presenting our work at a poster session at CU in Space on 3/23 in the Lerner Satow Room from 3-6pm.

– Millen Anand

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