NASA's Science Instruments, Observatories, and Sensor Systems Roadmap calls for instruments capable of in situ mineralogical analysis in support of planetary missions in the coming decades. The proposed instruments will provide capabilities for surveying and identifying minerals on and beneath planetary surfaces, guided by robotic vehicles or for ex situ analysis. For example, the proposed Mars 2018 MAX-C caching rover mission includes a dual wavelength Raman spectrometer, and is a typical platform.
The commercial market for the instrument will be in chemical manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, where the instrument can be used as a quality control instrument for raw materials and end products. In addition, the instrument can also be beneficial for first responders for interrogating unknown samples. The instrument will also be valuable tool for geologists and gemologists where it can be used for in situ analysis of minerals and gemstones.