Northeastern Team Selected as a Finalist in the 2021 RASC-AL Competition

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The Northeastern University team has been selected as a finalist in NASA’s 2021 RASC-AL Competition, which stands for Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage.

They will showcase their aerospace concepts via a virtual platform during the 2021 RASC-AL Forum, scheduled June 15 – 17, 2021. Specifically, the Northeastern team will present to NASA and aerospace industry leaders their Venusian Atmospheric and Land Exploration: a Human-Assisted Low-Latency Approach (VALHALLA) project at 3:10-4:10 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 16th, and their presentation will be publicly live-streamed at:

RASC-AL competitions fuel innovation for aerospace systems concepts, analogs, and technology prototyping by bridging gaps through university engagement in tandem with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and have been running for 20 years. This year, teams were tasked with designing solutions with supporting original engineering and analysis to facilitate exploration and study of the Moon, Mars and distant planetary bodies such as Venus and Ceres.

The program agenda can be found at and is also listed on the right-hand side of the livestream page. In addition to their presentation, each team created a digital poster summarizing their concept and can be viewed here:

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