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Design of RAID began in March, 2013 and resulted in a completed design by December that year. Construction of the RAID system began in August, 2014. Our first integrated field tests of the drill and fluid recirculation system were completed in early 2015 in the mountains near Bear Lake, Utah. Since then, additional fabrication and testing continued through 2015, capped by integration and validation testing in Salt Lake City from August to November, 2015. The completed drilling system was transported to California for vessel loading and shipment to Antarctica in the 2015-16 austral summer. After off-loading in early 2016 and winterization, the rig will be deployed for field trials in the 2016-17 austral field season.