Latest X Prize Challenge Pushes to Map Earth’s Oceans and win Lots of Money
X Prize is giving an opportunity to sea-loving explorers to map ocean floor and win lots of money. Peter Diamandis founded non-profit organization announced the new challenge Monday at the annual American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.
Chief executive officer of X Prize Peter Diamandis announced December 14 that the organization has been launching the Shell Ocean Discovery X Prize challenge. During the three-year-competition, challengers will make better technologies to map earth’s seafloor in a better way.
Announcing the challenge, Diamandis said, “Our oceans cover two-thirds of our planet’s surface and are a crucial global source of food, energy, economic security and even the air we breathe, yet 95 percent of the deep sea remains a mystery to us”. Diamandis also said that researchers are showing less interest in earth’s seafloor. Today, they have better maps the Red Planet than our planet’s seafloor, he added.
A participant who will make a vehicle that can be sent from shoreline will be winner of the Ocean Discovery X Prize. The designed vehicle must have technologies that can map the seafloor at a depth of 13,125 feet. The winning team will be given $4 million, while a team o second place will take $1 million to home. Adding to that, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced to award a $1 million bonus to teams whose technology will be able to use biological and chemical signals to sniff out objects in the water.
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