21 semi-finalist Teams will now have to prove their technology in the field in Round 1 testing, which will take place later this year. As with every XPRIZE, the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE sets audacious goals. In Round 1, the Entries that these Teams are developing will have only 16 hours to map the sea-floor at depths of 2000m and produce a high-resolution map (at least 5m horizontal resolution, at least 0.5m vertical resolution) of at least 20% of the 500km2 Competition Area. Additionally, Teams will have to bring back 5 images of an archeological, biological, or geological feature, as well as an image of an object that we will specify. As if this wasn’t enough, they have an additional hurdle to overcome – they will have to deploy from the shore with no humans allowed in the competition area. RDSEA joins the Technical Support Team and will assist in getting all teams to and from the testing location as well as getting them in and out of the water.
For further information:http://oceandiscovery.xprize.org/press-release/21-semifinalist-teams-advancing-7m-shell-ocean-discovery-xprize