Part of the 19 semifinalist teams, Ocean Quest has forged ahead in its endeavors for the XPRIZE competition. Previously, Round 1 testing was to be held off the southern coast of Puerto Rico, but due to the effect of Hurricane Irma and Maria, the testing will be a functionality “check-in” for each team according to an 11 key measurement criteria.
Team Ocean Quest will be judged on the criteria below:
- Collision Avoidance
- Data Retrieval
- Depth Capability
- Mapping Resolution
- Size and Weight
In addition to the criteria, the XPRIZE judging panel has been finalized. More information on the panel can be found here.
Determined by the judges, each semifinalist team who passes the requirements for Round 1 will split a 1 million dollar Milestone Award and, of course, move on to Round 2 Testing in which each team will be judged on the results of deep-sea testing (location yet to be decided). Currently, Round 1 testing has began this November 2017 and will continue to February 2018.
“Round 1 testing for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE takes us a step closer toward accelerating the development of a range of technologies that will give us a better understanding of the mysteries of the deep sea,” said Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., prize lead and senior director of the XPRIZE Planet and Environment team. “We are very excited to begin Round 1 testing and, for the first time, see all the semifinalists demonstrate their innovative and diverse technological approaches to rapidly mapping the ocean floor.”