|AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of 2011-2012 Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition
August 24, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation (AIAA Foundation) is pleased to announce that team “Local Space Systems” from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., has won the first prize in the AIAA Foundation’s annual Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition. Representatives of the team will present their design on September 11, 2012, at the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, Calif.
The 2011–2012 contest required competing teams to develop an integrated architecture for missions in the microgravity space environment. Factors which each design had to provide solutions for included protection from radiation in the space environment, limiting the mass of air and volume of consumable resources, maintenance of crew nutrition levels, crew resupply challenges and the provision of habitable living accommodations.
Teams winning awards were:
- First Prize: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., for their design “Local Space Systems.” David L. Carroll, faculty advisor, and team members: Nikhil Agarwal, Wahab Alshanhin, Eric Anden, Jordan Holquist, Erik Lopez, Robert Lozar-McDonald, Andrew Putch David Slaby, Ryan Smoot. The team will receive an award of $2,500 from the AIAA Foundation.
- Second Prize: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., for their design “Exodus Space Ventures.” David L. Carroll, faculty advisor, and team members: Erin Ahern, Tyler Buell, Rasheed Ibrahim, Samantha McCue, Anil Mohammed, Michael Mueller, Benjamin Parks, Zac Lee-Richerson, and Kapil Varshney. The team will receive an award of $1,500 from the AIAA Foundation.
- Third Prize: The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va., for their design “Copernicus.” Kevin Shinpaugh, faculty advisor, and team members: Zach Butcher, Stephen Carey, Mark Guttman, Stephen Lutz, Ryan Montero, and Ryan Stanley. The team will receive an award of $1,000 from the AIAA Foundation.
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