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MAE Undergraduate Students Participated in RASC-AL Competition in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA

Students from MAE Department formed a team with Drexel University, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), RMIT University and University of Pennsylvania to participate in the annual Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition which took place on 18 to 22 June 2018. This competition is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace on behalf of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The competition focuses on providing new concepts for real life NASA mission and this year has focused on developing and improving in-space transportation. Our team participated in the Lunar Polar Sample Return Architecture theme and designed a system that could explore and detect water on the moon, and to extract and transport the ice back to the station.

The whole team was made up of 34 students with 8 students from HKUST-MAE. They were Ghosananada Wijaya, Alvin Chan, Leo Ng, Lily Ho, Thomas Ting, Thomas Tse, Timothee Klein, and Wayne Tang, supervised by Prof. Rhea Liem and Dr. Sunny Chan. The team was the only international team among the 14 finalists and came second in the theme. The competition was made harder by the multi-university and multinational setting with different time zones, making it hard even for simple communication. But this setting allowed students to enhance their communication skills and learned to make compromises for the different ideas generated within the team.