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RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge - Help NASA Reinvent the Wheel!
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RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge.
Image credit: Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage

Contest Deadline: Jan. 19, 2013

The 2013 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL: Lunar Wheel Design Challenge is a design competition open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. NASA seeks innovative engineering ideas for a prototype wheel to be used on NASA's space exploration vehicle that will withstand the unforgiving environments experienced on the moon and Mars. NASA could potentially implement concepts derived from the design. Student teams must submit project plans by Jan. 19, 2013.

Up to 8 qualifying teams will be selected to receive a $9,000 award that will facilitate full participation in the Wheel Challenge: expenses for wheel development, materials, hardware, software, and testing equipment.

Teams will demonstrate their wheels' capabilities under the supervision of NASA judges at the 2013 Lunar Wheel Roll-Off in Houston. Up to three members of the team, plus a faculty advisor, will travel to JSC for the on-site testing.

Winning teams will receive cash prizes.

See here for more details about the Lunar Wheel Challenge: Competition Overview