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Successful teams emerging from the BUILD Contest will be eligible to enter the SPLASH Contest, wherein they will refine their prototypes over the course of three to six months and then test them at sea for approximately one week. The SPLASH Contest is meant to assess endurance and performance of the systems in real-world conditions. Up to three awards totaling up to $1.5 million will be awarded to competitors at the end of the SPLASH Contest.

During the week-long test, contestant teams will demonstrate all functional aspects of their prototypes in an integrated way. This includes maneuverability, self-charging, data collection, and wireless communication, as represented in the DESIGN Contest scoring statements. The location of the test site will be announced at a later date.

Eligible BUILD Contest competitors will work to build their prototype designs and prepare them for testing. At the end of the BUILD Contest, teams will participate in a series of events of increasing complexity over four days at Carderock.

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