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Evaluation Panel
The Evaluation Panel judges have been carefully chosen for their knowledge and experience. Each judge scores and comments on the submissions assigned to them. Potential biases in Evaluation Panel review are addressed through our judge training, which includes unconscious bias training for each member of the Evaluation Panel. Each valid submission will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized to ensure fairness for everyone.
Selection Committee
The Selection Committee judges will review the top-scoring submissions and select up to three Winners based on the resulting rank order from the Evaluation Panel, the scoring rubric, and the diversity of solutions. Winners will receive an initial award of $200,000, with the chance to win up to a total of $650,000 each and the opportunity to flight test their technology. 
Field Judges
During System Build Round 1 and System Build Round 2, Winners will each have the opportunity to win additional awards of $200,000 and $100,000, respectively. Field Judges will conduct on-site visits in October 2024 and March 2025 to score the progress each Winner has made.

To win an additional award of $150,000 during the Performance Incentive Phase, a Winner must meet or exceed targets outlined in the Technical Guidelines and integrate a payload into a flight vehicle – both of which will be assigned by NASA – within a five-month timeframe.
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