Contest II: BUILD

Build Contest icon, a graphic of a submersible below the sea surface.

The BUILD Contest invites DESIGN Contest winners to build and test their prototype designs in a controlled environment that will create realistic ocean conditions before moving onto sea trials in the SPLASH Contest. It is anticipated that testing will be performed in winter 2022, at the Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) basin within Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD), a world-class test facility in Bethesda, Maryland.


The goal of the BUILD Contest is to identify promising technologies relevant to NOAA’s mission that could be tested in an open water environment in the subsequent SPLASH Contest.


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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