Judging

Submissions will be scored, ranked, and evaluated on a 300 point scale

The Process

Following the Phase 1 submission deadline, the Judging Panel will review the submissions and discuss, evaluate, and rank the Teams. Judges will assess submissions on the criteria described below.

The System Architecture, Excavation Plan, and Mission Animation will be scored separately. Teams may receive a maximum of 300 points:

  • Maximum of 200 points for the System Architecture;
  • Maximum of 50 points for the Excavation Plan; and a
  • Maximum of 50 points for the Mission Animation.

The Judging Panel will assign points as described in the tables below. Teams must score a minimum of 100 points total in order to be eligible for a prize purse.

NASA may choose to recognize (with non-monetary awards) Teams that credibly assert the best performance on key performance goals, including (but not limited to):

  • Largest mass of water delivered
  • Lowest energy use
  • Best performance in lunar environmental conditions
  • Lowest landed mass

Table 4. Submission Criteria, Description, and Scoring

Criteria

Description

Maximum Points

System Architecture General Criteria & Scoring

Completeness

Does the submission address all requirements?

20

Scientific and Technical Merit

Does the submission demonstrate a clear understanding of NASA’s technology gaps and addresses means to close those gaps?

50

Feasibility of the Design

Does the submission present a compelling case that implementation is feasible? Has the Team made realistic assumptions and considered potential implementation risks? Does the submission include promising excavation hardware that could be designed and built in Phase 2?

30

System Architecture Key Performance Goals & Scoring

Estimated Mass of Water Delivered

What is the estimated mass of water delivered? How credible is the estimate?

25

Estimated Energy Use

What is the estimated energy use? How credible is the estimate?

25

Estimated Landed Mass

What is the estimated landed mass? How credible is the estimate?

25

Addresses Environmental
Conditions

How well does the architecture address the required environmental conditions? (Temperature Range at the Delivery Site; Temperature Range at the Excavation Site; Dust Mitigation; Vacuum; Gravity)?

25

Total Points Possible

200

Excavation Plan Criteria & Scoring

Completeness

Does the submission address all requirements?

10

Scientific and Technical Merit

Does the submission demonstrate a clear understanding of NASA’s technology gaps and addresses means to close those gaps?

10

Feasibility of the Design

Does the submission present a compelling case that implementation is feasible? Has the Team made realistic assumptions and considered potential implementation risks? Does the submission include promising excavation hardware that could be designed and built in Phase 2?

30

Total Points Possible

50

Mission Animation Criteria & Scoring

Completeness

Does the submission address all requirements?

10

Accuracy

How accurately does the animation represent the excavation architecture design?

10

Fidelity

Is the animation of high fidelity with regard to the level of granularity and production value?

10

Engages the Public

Does the submission tell a compelling story about the potential for industrial activities and a sustained presence on the Moon?

20

Total Points Possible

50