X Prize launches Contest to Explore and Map Earth’s Seafloor

Latest X Prize Challenge Pushes to Map Earth’s Oceans and win Lots of Money

X Prize is giving sea-loving explorer an opportunity to pursue their passion and win a huge amount of money. The organization announced a competition on Monday which allows researchers to make technologies to map earth’s seafloor.

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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