A team of students from the University of Massachusetts Lowell recently walked away with top honors at a national aerospace robotics competition. The RASC-AL (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage) Exploration Robo-Ops Competition, organized by NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace, required participants to build a Mars rover-style robot and operate it remotely to navigate varied terrain mimicking the surface of another planet. The UMass Lowell Rover Hawks were awarded $10,000 to build their rover, based on plans submitted last December. During the competition, the rover operated at NASA’s Houston training headquarters while being controlled from the UMass Lowell campus. The team won a $6,000 cash prize for beating out seven other groups from around the country to win the championship.